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I will leave FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat Better Than I met It – Bappah

19 December 2018 News


The Federal Capital Territory Administration has mapped out a 4-year Strategic Health Development Plan (SHDP) that will grossly improve on what is currently on ground .

The plan is estimated to be executed with about N162 billion naira.

Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat HHSS Adamu Abubakar Bappah gave this hint during an end of year media briefing in Abuja.

Bappah who noted that N7.9 billion has been spent on healthcare delivery in the FCT for 2018, said the Strategic Health Development Plan SHDP , will cover from 2018-2022 which will provide policy and pragmatic directives of the FCT health sector for the next four years”.

Bappah explained that the funds for the strategic plan would be sourced from budgetary allocations, Internally Generated Revenue from health services, international donors such as the World Health Organization (WHO), United States Department for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, among others.

Presenting the Secretariat’s Score Card for 2018, Malam Bappah revealed that N200 million was spent on recapitalization of the Drug Revolving Fund, N1.3 billion on drugs and medical supplies distributed to various FCT Hospitals, while commodities for control of HIV cost N2.5 billion naira.

Other achievements of the FCT Health Secretariat include establishment of Public Health Emergency Operation Centre with support from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, ongoing construction of 12 Primary Health Centres and 12 solar powered boreholes in the Six FCT Area Councils, Public Health Laboratory for routine screening for food handlers, as well as construction and equipping of 220 bed Gwarinpa District Hospital, which is at 30 percent completion.

Malam Bappah further announced that the Secretariat also recorded increase in the coverage of mother to child HIV transmission from 36.7 to 81.1 percent, immunization coverage from 63.4 to 80.5 percent, increased distribution of mosquito treated net from 16.5 to 36 percent and distributed over N1.3 billion worth of drugs to FCTA hospitals.

Bappah also stated that N15.3 million has been spent on tuberculosis control, N20.7 million on family planning consumables and N3.7 billion on vaccines programmes for the year 2018.

Malam Bappah who added that 45255 rapid diagnostics test kits were distributed across health facilities in the Area Councils, said
a total of 4075 clients, consisting 1127 principals and 2948 dependents were enrolled under Fct Health Insurance scheme as well as secured accreditation for residency training in opthalmology in Asokoro District Hospital and residency training in general surgery for Bwari General Hospital .

On expansion of Fct health facilties, Bappah said the Fct Administration has constructed 4-bed Primary Health Centres PHCs in Gaube -Kuje Area Council, renovated PHCs in Jikoko, Cumi and Ayaura in Abaji Area Council, constructed cold store -fitted with direct drive solar refrigerators in Apo, among others.

On revenue generated, Bappah disclosed that the Secretariat generated N114.1 million internally, with N60.3 million generated by Private Health Establishment Registration and Monitoring Committee while Abuja Central Medical Store generated N53.7 million.

He further stated that the Secretariat was collaborating with Institute of Human Virology to develop a database for all health workers in the FCT and 60% Reporting Rate on submission and utilization statistics at health facilities has been achieved while 508 public and private health facilities in the FCT are on District Health Information System Platform National Server.

On challenges, Malam Bappa identified paucity of funds, epidemics, understaffing, delayed budgetary releases and overstretched amenities .

He called for more funding as well as partnership to achieve the task of providing and delivering world class health services to the residents.

The Fct Health and Human Services Secretary , Malam Adamu Bappah enjoined residents to report any anomalies , suggestions or complaints in the suggestion box around the hospitals.

By RemiJohnson/Abuja


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