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Nigeria rolls out strategies to boost maternal, child health

By Chukwuma Muanya, Assistant Editor
02 March 2017   |   3:54 am
The Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has rolled out four new strategies to boost polio eradication drive...

• NPHCDA assures WHO of judicious use of donor funds as EU provides €70 million grant to support project
• Adamawa, Bauchi, Kebbi to get functional primary health care centers by 2020

The Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has rolled out four new strategies to boost polio eradication drive, strengthen routine immunization and ensure revitalization of primary health care centres in the country.

To this end, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has signed an agreement with the European Union for a €70 million grant targeted at improving maternal, newborn and child health, strengthening Nigeria’s health system and supporting ongoing efforts to eradicate polio.

According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) website, fifty million euro of the grant aims to ensure that by 2020, Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi states of Nigeria have functional primary health care centres, providing round-the-clock services to three million children under the age of five years as well as to almost a million pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Executive Director and Chief Executive of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, yesterday, while receiving the new World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Alemu Wondi, outlined a four-point agenda of his administration.

“They are repositioning the Agency with a culture of zero tolerance to corruption and efficient service delivery, concluding polio eradication, strengthening routine immunization and ensuring the success of Primary Health Care Revitalisation in Nigeria,” he said.

Faisal explained that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole had both provided him required enabling environment for a transparent, accountable and result-oriented leadership that would enable him work with his team to restore partners’ confidence in the Agency.

He recalled donors’ dismay on the Agency’s management of donors’ funds in the past and assured the WHO Country Representative of his renewed commitment to change the narrative by engendering of transparency, accountability and probity.
While assuring management and staff of the Agency of his commitment to reward excellence, Dr. Faisal however warned that any official found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties would be made to face the disciplinary provisions of civil service rules and regulations.

The Executive Director also highlighted steps being taken by the Agency in its collaboration with Security Agencies and other stakeholders to rid Nigeria completely of polio virus and efforts to improve routine immunization, improve quality of data generation, overcome cross-border challenges on mass vaccination of under five children and successful implementation of present Administration’s agenda on Primary Health Care Revitalisation.

Faisal described public office as a sacred trust, stressing that Public Officers owed it a duty not to disappoint the voiceless masses on behalf of which such officers were appointed or elected.

Wondi said the major purpose of his visit was to ensure synergy, continued collaboration and oneness of purpose in programmes implementation and service delivery.

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