The UNICEF, on Wednesday, donated drugs and medical consumables worth $220,000 to the Yobe government.
Presenting the items in Damaturu, UNICEF Chief Field Officer, Maiduguri, Dr. Phuong Nguyen, said the gesture was part of the organisation’s efforts to improve maternal, neonatal, and child survival.
“Today, we are laying the foundation for optimum well-being for thousands of children born and yet to be born in conflict-affected areas of the North-East.
“With this intervention, pregnant women in Yobe State would be able to access primary healthcare services close to their homes.
“Among the drugs being handed over are antimalarial, analgesic, antibiotics, and other drugs and equipment.
“These medicines would help ensure that newborns and children under the age of five, received protection from malaria, cholera, diarrhoea and other deadly childhood diseases,” she said.
Nguyen said the organisation would spend an additional $300,000 to support primary healthcare centres across the state.
Receiving the items, Dr. Babagana Machina, Executive Secretary, State Primary Healthcare Management Board, thanked UNICEF for the support and promised to use the items judiciously.