8 August 2006

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Lagos — Bauchi State government has re-affirmed its commitment towards the eradication of Onchosachiasis, and also promised to evolve pragmatic policies aimed at improving health, both at the rural and urban areas of the state.

Commissioner of Health, Professor Iliyasu Mohammed, said this during a one-day participatory seminar on Onchosachi-asis control under African programme for Onchosachiasis, held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Tomb, Bauchi.

Represented by the Deputy Director, Disease Control, Alhaji Aminu Abubakar, Mohammed said as a result of untreated cases of Onchosachiasis in the rural areas, many people have lost their sight.

He attributed the trend to societal ills associated with culture and tradition, which has been a bane to national development.

He, therefore, charged participants to exhibit high sense of commitment and perseverance to the health needs of the rural dwellers, adding that the state government through his ministry was poised toward enhancing the peoples' health status.

Earlier, the state Coordinator, Ondosuchiasis control, Alhaji Abdulkarim Danjebu, said the participatory workshop was organised for the local government team to broaden their scope and distribution of managerial skills.

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