WHO restates commitment to health services in North-east

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has restated its commitment to provide leadership and coordination to support the government in reaching the underserved and vulnerable populations in North-east Nigeria with essential health services.

WHO Country Representative to Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, Monday gave the assurance at 13th Joint Operational Review (JOR) held in Yola, Adamawa state.

Dr Mulombo, stated that the 13th JOR assists in identifying opportunities and assessing the impact of WHO’s work in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states.

Contrary to reports in the dailies quoting Dr. Mulombo as decrying the increasing rate of tuberculosis cases in Borno state, he had advocated for the strengthening of tuberculosis case detection, reporting and treatment to improve the low TB detection and treatment rate in the state.

“Everyone is entitled to have access to basic health services, and the WHO is committed to providing, promoting, and protecting health, including to the underserved affected by humanitarian crises.

“WHO will be working closely with the Borno state government to enhance the detection and treatment rate of tuberculosis in the state.

“The primary objective of the JOR is to identify and document the best practices, gaps, challenges and lessons learned during the 2023 response to humanitarian emergencies in the BAY states to further prioritise efforts and resources of WHO and partners to deliver results and align with up-to-date, evidence-based plans,” he said.