About 14000 Internally Displaced Persons in seven camps of Abuja are to benefit from free medical outreach, Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr Rilwanu Muhammad, has said.
Dr Rilwanu Muhammad said the main goal of the event was to help in strengthening immunisation systems through advocacy, education, and outreach services.
The executive secretary who was represented by the Advocacy and Communication Officer of the agency, Dr Adamu Nuhu, during the inauguration of the April 2015 National Immunisation plus Days, organised to mark the Africa Vaccination Week, AVW, and the World Malaria Day, with the theme: “Vaccination, a Gift of Life”, said the programme was scheduled for between April 24 and April 30.
He said to commemorate the week, seven of the camps located in three area councils in Abuja, Kuje, and Bwari had been selected to have health camps for the duration of the AVW.
According to him, “Arrangement to ensure the availability of the relevant services and supplies to meet the demand created for the interventions has been made.
“This is to ensure that the health care needs of this group are met,” he said.
He, therefore, urged the displaced persons, especially women and children, to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the event to access medical care.
Dr Ado Muhammed, the Executive Secretary, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, said that Nigeria had not recorded any new case of the wild polio virus in the past nine months.
Muhammed, however, said that it was apt to reach out to the IDPs through advocacy.
“The exercise will increase access to the underserved population hard to reach and the mobile population in the country, “ he said.
Speaking on the World Malaria Day, Muhammed said that malaria had devastated the people’s health and livelihood, reiterating that the agency had made huge gains in the fight against the disease.
The Executive Secretary said that new drugs had been made available for the treatment of the disease.
According to him, the vaccine against malaria will soon be made available.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, had provided mobile clinic facilities in furtherance of activities planned for the Week.

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