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US pledges more support for Nigeria’s health sector

Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, US Ambassador to Nigeria

From: Ruth Yarnap,Bauchi

United States of America (USA) has pledged its commitment to improve on its support  for Nigeria to boost health care delivery.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard made this known while speaking in a teleconference with Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed,  on Wednesday  while  launching the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) .
US, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ambassador said,  over the past years intervened in the various key sectors of the country through grants and supports running into several Billions of Dollars.
Speaking on the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, she said USAID has identified eight partner states in the country including Bauchi which it is supporting in the area of management of the pandemic.
 Mary Beth Leonard  then commended the State Government for its commitment to fight the spread of the disease saying that everything possible must be done to curb the pandemic from further spread among the communities.
While launching the EOC, Governor, Bala Mohammed of  Bauchi state commended the US government through the USAID for the various interventions in the state saying that it has gone to strengthen democratic rule in the state.
He recalled that when he was in isolation after testing positive to COVID-19 infection, the American Ambassador was the first to personally call him and sympathize with him saying that the act gave him the courage to fight the infection.
According to him, Bauchi state which has been one of the epicenters of COVID-19 pandemic in the Northern states is doing everything humanly possible to check spread of the infection among the citizens stressing that his administration will continue to ensure that the people were protected.
He said  that the EOC came at the right time because it will assist in no small measure efforts at tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in the state because according to him, data and accuracy in statistics are required if positive progress must be made.
The Governor also assured the American Ambassador that his administration will continue to collaborate with USAID in the efforts to bring development in the areas of health care reform and education in the state.
The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro,in his speech, said that the Health Emergency Operation Communication Center is timely. USAID-RISE project, implemented by JHPIEGO and partners had really supported this center with modern communication gadgets which has facilitated the case management and surveillance in the state.
According tog him, EOC has assisted greatly in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic saying that daily coordinating meetings are held in the center.

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