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USAID lauds Kebbi State for improving primary healthcare

The United States Agency for International Development, USAID Mission Director, Anne Patterson, has commended Kebbi State Governor for improving primary healthcare under one roof from 54% in 2012 to 82% in 2019.

The Mission Director announced this, in a virtual address to the 2020 first USAID Kebbi State Memorandum of Understanding review meeting.

The Chief Press Secretary, Kebbi Government House, Abubakar Dakingari, expressed satisfaction about the performance of the state government in the implementation of the MoU throughout the state in spite of challenges on ground.

Anne Petterson advised the government to digitalize health data, assuring that USAID would further provide Kebbi state with the necessary input including professional training towards attaining the target objective.

She sympathized with the government and people of Kebbi state on the recent flood which destroyed infrastructure, farmlands and foodstuffs as well as loss of lives.

In his virtual address to the review meeting, the Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, thanked USDAID for acknowledging the effort of the state government in healthcare service delivery.

Governor Bagudu pledged to sustain the goal of universal health coverage in spite of the challenge of flood and Covid-19 pandemic.

He was similarly grateful to USAID and GAVIL for announcing new support to Kebbi state in the areas of human resource for health and health system strengthening.

The Governor said the state has done very well in the last two years in the release of funds to primary healthcare (PHC) through the monthly routine LGA PHC fund which was released every month since inception last year.

He thanked officials of the Ministry of Health and urged them to continue to strive to deliver quality healthcare to the people of Kebbi state.

He commended USAID for its support to Kebbi state, saying that the effect of flooding was adverse to the state and by extension the health system.

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has been conducting series of medical outreach of which capacity building has been strengthened.

He was glad that USAID would continue to support such outreach that would increase capacity of health workers in the state.

The Governor informed the participants that the state has cultural issues affecting maternal healthcare delivery such as ANC visit, where women prefer female service providers.

He commended traditional rulers for their support in this direction, saying that mosquito net distribution by USAID has reduced cases of malaria.

Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu disclosed that traditional rulers have been mobilized to incorporate weekly Juma’at prayer sermon informing their subjects to always embrace healthcare services delivery.

Furthermore, he pledged to partner with NYSC authorities to allow NYSC doctors make Kebbi state their home during their service, in addition to mobilizing best brain consultants and specialists come to the state to practice.

In his presentation of the programme status of MoU milestone and expected results in the next six months, the Commissioner for Health, Hon. Ja’afaru Mohammad Zuru gave comprehensive details of achievements in all areas of healthcare delivery in the state, from medical outreach, renovation of PHC throughout the state, issue of Covid-19, and making healthcare delivery affordable and accessible in all nooks and crannies of the state.

He said the state government has been partnering with all healthcare providers and has been discharging its responsibility in counterpart fund.

The Governor commended USAID for its contribution to the development of primary healthcare system and GAVI support.

In his address also, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammad Mera, expressed support and readiness of the emirate councils to mobilizing people to embrac healthcare policies and programmes for their own good.

Source: Voice of Nigeria