Wife of Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku, who is also the face of Hard to Reach,HTR in the State has commended the effort and dedication of the HTR Project Team in the State for not only reaching out to the ‘hard to reach’ but ‘the Never Reached’ within the State.
The Governor’s wife gave the commendation during the End of Year State Level Hard to Reach Review Meeting, organised by the Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency, TSPHCDA, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF and Global Affairs Canada, GAC at the Doctors’ House, Jalingo.
She said, going by the various presentations that were made, she is confident that with vision and determination every goal can be achieved, adding that she is proud to be part of the project.
She appreciated the State Government for the support accorded the project and urged the Team to create more awareness at the Local Government levels to sensitize the Chairmen on the need to monitor and support the project.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Musa Obadiah expressed delight and appreciation over the commitment of various partners like WHO, UNESCO, the State Government among others in revamping the Health sector.
He stated that the partnership has enabled the Team to take services to neglected rural dwellers in the State to give them a sense of belonging and further called on the Team to remain resolute in pursuing their goals, saying they have started well and it behoves on them to end well.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary TSPHCDA, Alh. Bobbo Hassan explained that the essence of the gathering is to review the performance, successes and challenges of the project within the year as well as map out strategies at improving on subsequent HTR activities.
He stressed that the essence of the programme is to eradicate polio as well as maternal and child mortality amongst grassroot dwellers.
The National Coordinator, Hard to Reach, Dr. Esther Obinya in her remarks, appreciated the State Government, the Governor’s wife, Partners and Team members for their support and dedication to the project, stressing that, Taraba Team has performed excellently, making them a standard to other States.
She however, pointed out some challenges faced by the Taraba Team as she called on the State Government to support in cushioning the hardship faced by the team especially in terms of furniture and transportation.
Others who spoke include; the State Coordinator WHO, Mr. Farouk Umar, the State Coordinator HTR, Dr. Benjamin Andeyaba who presented an overview of the project in the State and a Cluster Coordinator, Dr. Besongngem Akotanchi who made a presentation on the field experiences.