•Governor launches initiative to deepen health care

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has declared today work-free for civil servants.

This is to enable them register to vote in next year”s general election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) closes the Continuous Voter Registration on Sunday.

“His Excellency urges Kwara State people, especially the civil servants, to take full advantage of the holiday to perform their civic duty of registering to vote,” Chief Press Secretary to the governor Rafiu Ajakaye said in a statement.

The governor yesterday launched the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) programme to strengthen access to primary health care.

“Part of the efforts at revitalising the system is demand generation for the services available within the primary health care facilities. The careful selection and training of these 200 CHIPS and 40 Community Engagement Focal Persons will deepen quality health care delivery to the remotest corners of the state,” AbdulRazaq said at the event held at the state’s Banquet Hall in Ilorin.

He said: “As a government, we are making efforts to ensure that our primary health care facilities are able to perform their roles in meeting the health care demands of their immediate communities. To achieve this, we have embarked on massive rehabilitation and upgrade of primary health care facilities, including construction of new ones where necessary.”