PLAN International Donates 3 Ambulances, 6000 Units Of Mama Kits To Reduce Maternal & Child Mortality In Bauchi State
As part of efforts to strengthen the health sector,especially reduction of Maternal and child death,PLAN International has donated 3 Toyota Hiace Ambulances to Bauchi state.
Our correspondent reports that the initiative is part of a $13.7 million Canadian dollars (N3 billion)5 year project launched last year September in Bauchi state to tackle maternal and new born death in the state.
The project christened Bauchi Opportunities for Responsive Neonatal and Maternal Health (BORN) is funded by the Global Affairs of Canada.
The project aims to cut down on the rate of women and children dying at birth from 2016 to 2020 with a target of two million women and young girls of child bearing age.
The Bauchi state governor Mohammed Abubakar who commended UNICEF, EU, PLAN International and other development partners for the donation called for more support to boost health care i the state.
“As part of effort to improve healthcare delivery my administration has constructed 19 model primary health care facility across the state to address the health challenges facing people of the state.
The governor said that the government had also constructed zonal cold stores for storage of medical consumables in Bauchi, Azare and Darazo.
He gave an assurance that the communities in the state will benefit from the equipment and medicines donated.
“The equipments will be deployed to the health facilities and will be effectively utilised.”he added.
Also speaking the Bauchi state Commissioner for Health, Dr Halima Mukkadas said that PLAN International has also donated three life saving ambulances and other health equipments to boost health system in the state.
According to her about 102 midwives which comprises of community and basic midwives would be deployed to all 323 PHC in the state.
The equipment donated comprises of 34 basic items which include; delivery beds, delivery kits, dressing kits, resuscitation kits, baby dressing tables, instrument table, examination table, bed screen, laboratory equipment among others.
On his part,the Country Director of Plan International Nigeria, Dr Hussaini Abdu said the negative indicators in the northern part of the country necessitated the timely donation
“We must all work together to ensure no woman die bringing life to this world.”
He blamed poverty especially among women for the high rate of maternal death in the North East and North West of the country which he described as “unacceptable.”
“ “Bauchi state in particular was chosen by Canada’s development assistance as a focal state since 2002. So, it’s been a long time since we had a partnership with Bauchi state,”Dr Abdu said.
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