Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Critical stakeholders in the health sector in Kogi state have appealed to the government to, as a matter of necessity, assist the Civil Society Organisation for Malaria Control, Immunisation, And Nutrition, (ACOMIN), a non political, non sectarian and non profit organization that is working in partners with government to ensure a healthy society.
Government health officials, Traditional rulers, Civil Society Organisations, the media, politicians, members of the business community and concerned citizens who attended the 10th year anniversary of the organisation in Kogi state on Wednesday, pleaded with the government to consider the immense contributions rendered by ACOMIN, especially sensitisation and mobilization of the people towards the prevention, treatment and mitigation of the impact of the killer diseases.
The Executive Director, Kogi state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Abubakar Yakubu, who was among the dignitaries that attended the occasion, said when he assumed office in the state, ACOMIN had already covered most parts of the state with the campaign against Yellow fever and mobilisation for preventive vaccination.
Dr Yakubu further testified that the activities of ACOMIN contributed so much to the successes recorded by the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies in the state.
He therefore advised the government to always engage ACOMIN in all sensitization and mobilisation for health related projects in the state.
In his welcome address, the state Chairman of the Civil Society Organisations and malaria control, immunisation and Nutrition, Mr. Sani Abubakar , said the ACOMIN Kogi state chapter was inaugurated in 2009 having been registered as a community based organisation, adding that “ACOMIN service delivery area and focus is advocacy, communications (behavioural change communication), social mobilisation, monitoring and supervision of programs”.
The Chairman also stated that a healthy Nigerian society free of Malaria, Polio, Cerebrospinal spinal meningitis and other communicable and preventable diseases and access to basic, sustainable health promoting nutrition are the vision of the organisation.
Some stakeholders who contributed to the successes of health projects and programmes of ACOMIN in Kogi state were honoured with awards of merit. They include the Ohimege Igu, Alhaji Abdulrazak Sani Isah Koto, the Administrators of Kogi LGA, Igalamela /Odolu and Lokoja.
Others are the Executive Director Kogi state Primary Health care Development Agency, Dr, Abubakar Yakubu, Hajia Ladi Ibrahim and the State Project Coordinator ANRIN Mr Ogundusi Bolorinwa among others.