Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency (TSPHCDA), has provided free medical care services to hundreds of mothers and their children across several remote villages in the state.
Leader of the team, which was in some villages in Kurumi Local Government Area of the state, Dr. Benjamin Andeyaba, said that the programme is aimed at getting free basic medical care to persons, especially mothers and children under the ages of five, who find it extremely difficult to access medical care, as a result of the generally inaccessible nature of their homes and settlements.
Andeyaba said that the communities were carefully chosen to make sure that mothers and their children have access to quality health care, despite the remote nature of their villages, and the lack of money due to low income.
“This programme is actually tagged, ‘Hard To Reach’ because it specifically targets communities that are rather unconventionally so remote that most of the people, especially mothers and children, have little chances of accessing medical care. You can see that in most of the villages we have visited, there is no medical facility close by…”