By Ahmed Kaigama
Bauchi, Oct.22,2020 The EU- UNICEF funded project has expended over N2.6 billion on Maternal, Newborn and Child Healthcare (MNCH) in Bauchi State from 2017 to 2020.
Dr Zighe Kunoamlak, Lead of Health, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, made the disclosure at a meeting with the state’s Deputy Governor, Senator Baba Tela, on Thursday in Bauchi.
“The EU- UNICEF has invested in programmatic activities to the sum of N2, 610,617,289 across the state from 2017 to 2020.
“A total financial investment for programmatic activities so far is N2, 610,617,289.
“That includes N2, 356,453,615 on the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) and N254, 163,674 on Bauchi State Ministry of Health,” she said.
Kunoamlak said that 170 primary health care centres were renovated and upgraded along with 85 that were handed over to the communities.
She added that 505 health workers had been trained on different skills and community based newborn care as well as strengthening the capacity of the school of nursing in the state.
The UNICEF lead health also pointed out that with the state government’s collaboration, integrated community case management was implemented with the training of 1,200 community resource persons (CORPs).
Responding, the deputy governor commended the effort of EU-UNICEF projects in strengthening PHCs in the state.
He said with these interventions, the state tertiary hospital would not be overstressed and communities would attend to the primary health centres.
Tela said the projects provide healthcare services to pregnant women and children in hard-to-reach communities of the state.
He said their administration is looking forward to signing another MOU with Partners to impact the much needed dividends of democracy to the people.
Earlier, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman, BSPHCDA, said the partnership between the state government and the EU-UNICEF has evidently shown strong determination and commitment in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.
“In achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 3 which focuses on good health and well-being,” he said.
Mohammed said that the state’s administration has identified and placed a high premium on partnerships that would add value to the lives of the citizenry.