Bauchi To Construct 19 Primary Health Centres

9 March 2017 Health National News

Bauchi state government says it plan to construct 19 primary health centres in each local government area, with a staff quarter to help retain health workers, water source and ambulance.

The sate governor stated this in Abuja at the launch of the  first-ever green-yellow-red scorecard for the performance review of Bauchi’s “Lafiya Garkuwa”—a five-point health agenda launched September 2015, 100 days after he took office.

In January 2016,the Bauchi state governor allocated 15% of its total budget to health sector in line with Abuja Declaration of 2001.

He also launched a 5 point agenda tagged Lafiya Garkuwa aimed at improving coverage on Routine Immunization.

While reviewing the performance in the past one year,Mohammed Abubakar said the 19 Primary Healthcare C enters to be located in the Local Government Areas was to enable the rural people have access to quality healthcare delivery.

“The state got a board for its Primary Health Care Development Agency to regulate health care, and plans to construct 19 primary health centres in each local government area, with a staff quarter to help retain health workers, water source and ambulance.”

“We are committed to saving lives of our children and to demonstrate such, we have allocated 15% of our total budget to health sector in line with Abuja 2001 declaration and we have also launched a 5-point health agenda tagged ‘Lafiya Garkuwa’ and one of its pillars is to improve coverage of Routine Immunization. Last year we have paid fall our counterpart funding and we will pay 50% of this year’s requirement before end of February.” Governor Abubarkar pledged in January 2016.”he said.

The governor also suggested  a peer review with Kano ,which he said could help it learn “areas where we have recorded success and areas where we are lagging behind.”

“We have a lot to learn from each other, if we cooperate fully. We have to work to gird our loins to improve in all the areas where you see red,” explained Abubakar.

In a message the Minister of Health,Professor Isaac Adewole represented  by the Director,Health Planning Research and Statistic,Dr A kin Oyemakinde urged the state   government to provide a robust drug and commodity information system for improved health delivery.

The Country Director,John Hopkins International Vaccine Access Centre,(IVAC),Dr Chizoba Wonobi suggested the need for the scorecard to include services delivery outcome for ultimum performance.

The country Representative Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,Dr Mairo Mandara called for appropriate utilization of funds budgeted for the sector

Also speaking ,Project Director,Community Health Research Initiative,Dr Aminu Magashi said the score card was to review their performance as well as cogent recommendations for  better health services.

He said Bauchi had stepped up in “not just launching a scorecard, but agreeing to launch a scorecard.”

The review scored Bauchi 75% green average on strengthening primary health care and improving health funding.

Access to cost-effective drugs, motivation and retention of health workforce and demand creation via health education and awareness scored at least a yellow 52%.

In a break down, Bauchi scored an entire 100% for committing 16% of its budget to health for the second year in a row, according to the governor expected to sign the 2017 budget next week.

The increased health finance helped the state pay counterpart funding it needs for interventions across the state—including the Saving One Million Lives Initiative, implementation of the Primary Health Care Under One Roof.

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