By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The United States Government (US) has reiterated its commitment to work with the Government of Nigeria to improve the health and wellbeing of its people, as part of long-standing diplomatic, economic, and socio-cultural ties between the two countries.
The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Ms. Kathleen FitzGibbon made this known when she led a delegation of U.S. agencies working in health on a courtesy call to Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire in his office.
The Chargé acknowledged the strong partnership between the U.S. and Nigeria and commended the Nigerian Government for its efforts to improve Primary Health Care, as well as its commitment to reduce the burden of malaria, HIV, TB, vaccine-preventable diseases, and other infectious diseases.
According to er, These diseases remain of critical concern as they constitute high-burden diseases in Nigeria, bringing with them additional economic hardship on its citizens.
Ms. FitzGibbon pleadged the U.S. support for the training of public health workers and improving access to quality medicines, vaccines, medical facilities, and reproductive health materials.
The Chargé however recognized the Minister’s leadership in the health sector and appreciated the Nigerian Government’s effort to increase its funding for public health programs.
She congratulated Nigeria for having no reported case of the wild poliovirus for the last three years, which sets Nigeria on the track to being certified Polio-free, and encouraged the government to finish that effort through approving and releasing funds for polio transition and strengthening routine immunizations.