GOVERNMENT RECEIVES AWARD FOR ITS TB, LEPROSY, BURULI ULCER CONTROL PROGRAMME
By Ebele Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba :
Awka, Sept. 20, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government has bagged the overall best State Programme Award on Tuberculosis (TB), Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer programme in Nigeria.
Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, announced this, while receiving the award presented to him by former State Programme Manager on TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Okoli.
Dr Okpala affirmed the commitment of the State Ministry of Health toward supporting Gov. Willie Obiano’s policy of providing functional healthcare services system in the state.
``We will continue to put more efforts at ensuring that the state receives more awards at National level.
``I hope this award will motivate others, especially people that are charged to carry out important tasks in the ministry.
``This award shows that the former programme manager discharged his duties with dedication and commitment, while still in service,’’ Commissioner noted.
Former Programme Manager TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer in the State, Dr Okolie, commended the good policies of Government in the health sector.
Dr Okolie said they won the award because of the good foundation, conducive atmosphere, skilled manpower, infrastructure, and liberty in the state, which helped them to achieve the feat.
``The award was given to the state because it was able to notify more cases, other indicators in TB like, TB in children, TB in HIV and cure.
``I am grateful to God because for a programme manager to achieve this, he has to sacrifice a lot.
``One has to have passion, dedication to work and ability to motivate people around you and I hope that you are aware that the award belonged to the state not individual,’’ he said.
He noted that he received the state award from National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Control Programme on behalf of Anambra State.
``Wife of the president later honored me with personal award as one of the best TB programme ambassadors,’’ he said.
Dr Okolie appealed to Government to seriously look into TB programme in order to prevent future occurrence of the deadly disease.
``This is to ensure we do not have deformed children through leprosy or Buruli ulcer, because we do not know what they will grow to become tomorrow.
``I sincerely hope that government will employ capable hands and ensure that the programme continue to receive support.
``The challenges I had was means of transportation, but the Global Fund donated a brand new Hilux van to me.’’
Okolie assured that he would use his new NGO platform to fight and prevent diseases like TB and other infectious diseases. (MOI)