The Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Otumara, who was represented at the handing over ceremony by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Daniel Omodon, said the donation of the machines is in a bid to further strengthen efforts at combating disease outbreak and control in the State.
The commissioner stated that by the donation, the movement from one difficult terrain to another has been reduced and enjoined the DSNOs to put the machines to judicious use.
He further employed them to show discipline and some degree of co-ordination in order to achieve set goals, saying it is not enough to notify and control diseases but also to prevent their outbreak.
He thanked the World Health Organization (WHO) for the donation and expressed delight that the State is not one of the remaining states still harbouring the wild polio virus, adding that the last time a case was detected in the State was in 2010.
Earlier in his remark, the State Coordinator of W.H.O., Dr Sylvester Agwai, stated that the idea behind the donation of the motorcycles was to assist in the prevention and the control of disease outbreak.
He noted with displeasure that 20 cases of wild polio virus were confirmed mainly in the Northern part of the country, and expressed the organization’s desire to continue to partner with the State Government to achieve a disease-free environment.
The highpoint of the Occasion was the handing over of the Motorcycles to the DNS Officers by the commissioner’s representative and Permanent Secretary, Dr Daniel Omodon.