MINISTER of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said government has approved a task force to rebuild within six months infrastructural facilities ravaged by insurgency in North- Eastern states. Adewole gave this assurance when he visited the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, at the weekend. According to the minister, the task force would look at health, nutrition, water and environmental challenges and provide quick solutions. Adewole said each of the components is headed by a minister, adding that he is coordinating health and nutrition components of the task force. He said the task force would work in Borno,Yobe and Adamawa with more emphasis on Borno State. He added that budget for the programme has been approved, stressing that they are now developing a work plan. The minister said that the task force would work under the umbrella of the Presidential Initiative for the North-East which would be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari soon. He said the Federal Ministry of Health has provided health commodities worth about N1.2 Billion to Borno State, the first consignment was for about N400 million and was already in Maiduguri, adding that the second batch would follow later. He said the ministry would continue to partner with Borno State in the area of healthcare delivery, pointing out that the challenges of Borno and other North- Eastern states affected not only the zone, but the whole country. The deputy governor appreciated government’s efforts in re-building Borno State and commended the Federal Ministry of Health for providing health commodities. He assured that the state government will partner with the federal government and development partners to ensure that Borno is rebuilt. According to a statement issued by the ministry, the task force is being coordinated by the office of the vice president, while the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, is the Chairman.
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