The governor, in a meeting with the World Health Organisation Country Representative to Nigeria, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, noted that WHO had expended substantial human and material resources to keep many people healthy across Nigeria.
Emmanuel, who was represented by the Deputy-Governor Frank Ekpo, expressed his gratitude to the organisation and other Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners for assisting Nigeria to maintain a polio-free status for over 16 months since the wild poliovirus outbreak in the country in August 2016.
He said, “WHO is spending a lot of resources in disease surveillance and capacity building to strengthen the health system and monitor trends”.
On the request by the WR for an early release of the state’s counterpart funding for immunisation activities and revamping of primary healthcare, the deputy-governor expressed the state’s willingness to meet obligations with improved revenue accruable to the state. He solicited WHO’s technical expertise especially in the area of capacity building for health management workforce in line with revitalization of the sector.
The WR and his entourage, including the WHO EPI Team Leader and Operations Officer for Nigeria, were in Uyo to facilitate a management staff retreat between February 7 and 9, to review the WHO 2017 plan of work and define 2018 priorities.