Kwara launches intervention funding program for primary health care centers

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He Kwara State Government has launched an intervention financing program for Primary Health Care Centers (PHC) in the state.

Labeled “Immunization Plus and Malaria Process by Accelerating and Transparency (IMPACT),” the program is funded by the World Bank with a $100,000 match from the state government.

According to a statement released Tuesday by the government and signed by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, each of the beneficiary PHCs receives N4.6 million to improve primary health care infrastructure.

The event, which was held in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State on Monday, was attended by relevant stakeholders, including representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Governor and his deputy, AbdulRahman and Kayode Alabi respectively, other cabinet members, Kwara State Coordinator of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Hanifa Hamza, and traditional rulers.

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Speaking at the opening, World Health Organization representative Walter Mulombo praised the government for what he described as its strategic partnerships and investment in primary health care programs to deliver quality healthcare services to citizens. .

Mr Mulombo, who was represented by WHO North Central Coordinator Asma’l Kabir, said Kwara was able to implement the program thanks to the governor’s leadership commitment.

“I want, on behalf of the WHO representative, to commend and congratulate the Kwara State Government for establishing the IMPACT project to improve access to universal health coverage,” he said.

He thanked the governor for providing the foundation for the WHO to meet its 2023 targets, which he said were intended to cover at least 3 billion people worldwide.

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Ms Kabir said: “The WHO 2023 target is a global target that targets 3 billion lives. The first is that the WHO aims to reach 1 billion people so that they have access to universal health coverage. Of course, this is part of the way in which the WHO appreciated the Kwara state.

“Another billion people will become healthier. And a billion more people will be protected from health emergencies. This is in direct line with what the Kwara State government has been doing.”

He called on the executing agency to ensure that the project is managed effectively to achieve the stated objectives.

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For his part, the governor said the program underscores his administration’s focus on ensuring universal health coverage for the average “Kwaran”.

He said: “I welcome you all to this important occasion that marks another milestone in the life of our administration. One of the cardinal goals of our administration is to ensure universal health coverage for all Kwarans, regardless of their location. This has guided all the strategic interventions we have carried out in the health sector.

“One of the first commitments our administration made is the Expression of Interest in the IMPACT Project by meeting all the necessary requirements, including the payment of a $100,000 matching fund.

“The idea is to allow our Primary Health Care Centers to have a certain level of financial autonomy and the ability to optimally provide basic health care services to people.

“This (program) is a continuation of the legacies of our administration. We have been constantly investing in the health sector, including the primary health care system through the renovation or construction of health facilities in various places in the state, the recruitment of all cadres of health workers. We have outfitted many of our healthcare facilities with equipment this state has never had before. We will not back down, especially now that the results have been quite impressive.”

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Also speaking, state Health Commissioner Raji Razaq said that the health sector under the present administration has been transformed to meet the needs of the population, and praised the governor for his leadership qualities.

Kwara State Primary Health Care Development Agency Executive Secretary Nusirat Elelu said the administration has repositioned the health sector through timely payments from matching funds, adequate investments in basic infrastructure, payment timely wages of health workers and their promotion, among others. incentives that allow the state to keep up with the health problems in the country.

She said the agency will ensure that the resources are used according to the necessary guidelines.

NPHCDA representative Ms. Hamza also urged the state to ensure diligence and accountability, saying the two qualities will actually pay off.

Caption: Governor of Kwara and other stakeholders at the launch of the intervention fund for PHC.

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