Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue, in Makurdi on Friday donated 323 motorcycles to boost immunisation activities in the state.
Presenting the motorcycles to some immunisation officers, the governor said the gesture would assist in eradicating the five child killer diseases.
The governor, represented by his Senior Special Assistance on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Emberga Keghku, urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the machines.
“The machines will ease your movement to effectively immunise children under the age of five.
“The gesture will also aid local government immunisation officers to supervise the exercise effectively as well as effectively distribute vaccines in the rural areas.’’
In his speech, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Orduen Abunku, reminded the health workers on the need for effective immunisation to safeguard the future of the children.
Abunku said the ministry had through Sure-P, employed 46 staff, two from each local government area of the state.
“It is our responsibility to protect our children against the child killer diseases, and by doing this, we are protecting the wealth and future of our country.
“A nation is judged healthy and wealthy internationally by reducing and maintaining to the barest minimum, the deaths of children under the age of five.’’