North East states collides to strengthen PHCs - SyCtRenDs



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

North East states collides to strengthen PHCs

A nurse attending a patient at ante natel clinic

The six North East States of Nigeria are meeting in Bauchi to strengthen Primary Health Care delivery in the region.

The meeting, which opened on Monday under the aegis of Additional Financing Nigeria State Health Investment Project (AF-NSHIP) is to increase PHC services and use of high impact maternal and child health interventions in the region.

The states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.

The participants will deliberate on the project’s prospects and challenges with a view to move forward.

The Technical Review Meeting was the second in the zone.

The meeting is also being attended by the representatives of World Bank, Federal Ministry of Health, National Primary Health Care Development Agencies (NPHCDA), State Primary Health Care Development Agencies (SPHCDA), Project Coordinators and independent verifying agencies, among others.

The Bauchi State Project Coordinator, NSHIP, Dr Adamu Muhammad, said at the opening of the forum that the review was essential to validate and present systematic evidence on the successes, challenges, opportunities and lessons learnt over the years of implementation to scale up PHCs.

“The results of the review will facilitate the development of new implementation, sustainability and scale up strategies and corrective actions going forward.

“It is also to indicate some of the improvements in key output indicators such as number of fully immunised children, skilled birth attendance and increase in the quality improvement scores of facilities.

“It will similarly study the improvement in community engagement and ownership,” Mohammed said.

The Bauchi State PHCDA Executive Chairman, Mr Adamu Gamawa, said NSHIP has positively improved PHC system in Nigeria in both quality and quantity.

“Therefore, there is need to review its activities and develop a framework for the review process which articulates issues on design, processes, tools, execution, roles of all stakeholders, and impact of results on the health system including policy and sustainability,’’ Gamawa said.

The World Bank‎ Senior Health Specialist, Dr Oluwole Odutolu, said the project was having commendations even from outside Nigeria and attributed that to all the implementing states for their unrelenting efforts towards achieving success. (NAN)

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