The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, says partnership and collaboration are essential for delivering the universal eye health strategy in Nigeria.
Professor Adewole stated this while speaking at a Trachoma initiative project designed to eliminate Trachoma in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health
The Minister of Health, represented by the Director, Department of Health Research, Planning and Statistics (DHRPS), Dr. Emmanuel Meribole, said the collaboration which started in March 2014 had supported surgical interventions and Mass Administration of Medicines in Katsina, Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto and Yobe States.
This intervention, the Minister informed, had drastically reduced the number of Nigerians who were at risk of developing Trachoma from 22million to 13million.
He said that the Federal Government of Nigeria was committed to maintain the momentum and ensure that the country did not slip backwards.
Adewole further explained that the government had resolved to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem by providing clean and safe water across the country; in that water, sanitation and Hygiene were key components of the intervention.
The Minister commended the stakeholders for their funding to deliver the surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement strategy and Pfizer for ensuring the provision of all required medicines.