Executive Governor of Taraba state, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku has said that the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, HIRD was a well-targeted programme, which has the capacity to make our society disease free, if well systematically articulated and implemented.
Governor Ishaku made the observation at the official flag off ceremony of the 2016 edition of the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers at Kpantem village in Donga Local Government Area of Taraba State.
He expressed delight over the execution of the programme especially since it was focused on the less privileged, indigents, peasants and rural dwellers that have been identified as beneficiaries of the programme.
Accordingly, the programme he said is in line with the restoration agenda of his administration, which was basically aimed at providing for the welfare, needs of the citizens.
Gov. stressed that NYSC has the required human resources including doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to continuously carry out the medical outreach through counseling, prescribing and dispensing drugs after necessary examinations.
He stressed further that NYSC is the only organization whose workforce is deployed to every nook and cranny of the state.
The Executive Governor was represented at the occasion by the Chairman, NYSC Governing Board and Honourable Commissioner, Taraba State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Gambo Ude Indafo while the Chief of Staff to His Excellency the Executive Governor, Hon Rebo Usman was the chief sponsor and chairman of the day.
Similarly, Hon Abba Zaga the Honourable Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation in the state facilitated the movement of corps members and other personnel, including the beneficiaries.
Speaking earlier at the occasion, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr Emmanuel Attah noted that the rural health initiative is a programme put in place by the NYSC management to meet the health needs of the people, especially those who are unable to afford such services. H e therefore encouraged everyone to come out to access the free medical services from the team of medical personnel on ground.
The state coordinator, seized the opportunity to thank critical stakeholders like the Taraba State AIDS Control Agency (TACA), royal fathers including the chief of Kpantem village Ambi Uman, the District Head Gadin Dutse Nonah, among others for providing the enabling environment.


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