Bauchi, USAID launch N480m health programme
Gov orders recruitment of 100 medical doctors
Bauchi State Government, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched a Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) worth N480 million.
USAID’s Health Population and Nutrition (HPN) Office Director, Paul McDermott, unveiled the revitalised DRF to ensure sustainable funding to procure, store and distribute MNCH and malaria commodities.
The U.S. agency officially handed over MNCH seed stock commodities worth N364.8 million and over N80 million worth of malaria medicine to the state.
It stated: “These MNCH and malaria commodities will capitalise the state’s DRF scheme, contribute to a sustainable drug supply system and save the lives of thousands of women of reproductive age and children under the age of five.
“The implementation of a sustainable state-wide DRF seeks to overcome a common problem in the healthcare sector – the non-availability of MNCH and malaria medicines.”
The DRF scheme, which adopts a cost recovery strategy, has the potential to sustain commodity availability in the 323 wards and 24 general hospitals and empower Bauchi to extend the scheme to other facilities.
GOVERNOR Bala Mohammed, while speaking on the state’s health sector, directed the health ministry to immediately recruit 100 medical doctors and consultants to replace those that had left the state service.
Represented by his deputy, Baba Tela, the governor lamented that the number of medical doctors and consultants in the state adversely affected effective healthcare delivery, especially at the primary level.
He also directed that qualified health workers across the state should be recruited among the thousands of volunteers in all the Primary Health Cectres (PHCs) across the state.
He assured the citizens that the drugs provided under the scheme would be adequately utilised, while efforts would be made to ensure that the revolving scheme did not fail because.
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