The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari has reaffirmed the States’ support for New Incentives — All Babies Are Equal Initiative’s conditional cash transfers for routine immunization program in the
He made this known while playing host to advisors and staff of New Incentives at Government House, Katsina.
According to Governor Aminu Bello Masari, “It is very important in the life of a child. The gesture has really impacted positively.
“If you take Katsina, Funtua and Daura because that’s where the population is. The criteria you have choosing also, an outstanding by going into rural areas. We will together with the Ministry of Health, continue to support you to do more”.
The New Incentives All Babies Are Equal Initiative has been operating the conditional cash transfers for routine immunization program in Katsina State since 2017.
Since its inception, the program has enrolled over 110,000 infants whose caregivers have received more than N320 million in direct cash disbursements.
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The New Incentives’ indirect investments in the state’s economy, such as the over N65 million spent in 2020 alone on salaries, engagement of community helpers, taxes, and purchase from local markets in Katsina State.
The new Incentives conditional cash transfer program has led to a significant increase in the likelihood that a child in areas where the program operates will receive vaccinations against deadly diseases, or even be fully
immunized according to the national immunization schedule.
It is an incredibly important feat as North West Nigeria has one of the lowest childhood immunization rates in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the National Coordinator of New Incentives, Dr. Obinna Ebirim, said, “Thank you Your Excellency for the support Katsina State has provided for the program since we began here in 2017. We are proud to have a great partner in you in this journey to save the lives of Katsina children from
vaccine-preventable deaths. Immunization is one of the most important public health interventions known to mankind”.
Dr. Obinna Ebirim noted that, up to 3 million lives globally every year are benefiting.
“Our program increases demand for routine childhood immunization through an evidence-based intervention that includes community mobilization, sensitization, conditional cash transfers, and defaulter tracking. An independent impact assessment of our program from 2017 to 2020 revealed that children in areas with the New Incentives’ intervention in Katsina State were 15 to 28 percentage points more likely to have received vaccinations against deadly diseases, such as Measles, Tuberculosis, and Diphtheria, than children in control areas”.
Also bearing his mind, the State Commissioner of Health, Engr. Yakubu Nuhu Danja, commended New Incentives for their
support in strengthening routine immunization and raising vaccine coverage in the State and reiterated the
willingness of all ministries, departments and agency under the state ministry of health to support the target to expand to 7 more LGAs in Katsina State, added that, saving the lives of over 200,000 infants in Katsina State.
The event was also attended by the Katsina State Commissioner of Women Affairs, Hajiya Rabiya who is an Advisor at New Incentives-All Babies Are Equal Initiative, the State Commissioner for Health, Engineer Yakubu
Nuhu Danja, the Executive Secretary of Katsina State Primary Health Agency, Dr Shamsudeen Yahaya and the Stakeholder Relations Director of NI-ABAE, Mallam Nura Muhammad.