His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has assured former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon of the readiness of the State to work with him towards eradicating malaria and other tropical diseases still existing in and around the State.
Gov. Almakura made this know during a historic, heartwarming visit by a delegation led by Gen. Yakubu Gowon CFR to the Government House to discuss how they could redo the same success that was achieved in eradicating Guinea worm from the state could be worked on malaria and other Tropical diseases.
The Nasarawa State Governor who was visibly moved by the eventful visit made it known it was a great honor for the people of the state that such a great man who had fought to keep Nigeria as one, and became the father of the New Nigeria was now once again fighting another war, this time against malaria and was confident with his commitment he would win once again.
He gave is assurances that Nasarawa State and the Local Government Councils were ready to collaborate with them in the fight against malaria, stating that the state was already a pilot project in many World Bank and UNICEF health initiatives, as well as to key into best practices the state had collapsed all Primary Health Centers under one roof to have an efficient committed directional leadership to ensure a standard across the state for the benefit of the people.
He congratulated him and Mr. President on the removal of Nigeria from the list of Polio state, he said the state had also been working the National Programme on Malaria where they had been providing not just nets but education to the people on how to use net and other preventive measures.
He made it known that the state would soon revert back to the environmental sanitation programme that would enable people clean their environment, stating the programme would start as soon as modalities for the suitability are finalized.
Speaking earlier, Gen. Gowon said he was happy coming to the state when he did saying he had heard the efforts of Almakura, but was unable to make it to the state in the first term by was glad he could make it now.
He made it known that they were there to work on how to eradicate malaria from the Nigeria as they did with Guinea worm.He further spoke on how diseases like malaria and Guinea worm cut the strength of a people calling the state government, the Ministry of Health and the Local Government to support the eradication of all tropical diseases.
General Gowon recounted his experience in the mission to ride Guinea worm saying he had thank the government and people of Nasarawa State past and present for the support they gave towards the success recorded, and hoped they would give their support to do it again.
Lastly, he called on the people to always support Nigeria urging them to always love their country and be proud where they come from and always do the right thing. Urging the people put the President Buhari in prayers and always be supportive.