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The Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) says it has delivered health care services to more than two million women and children across eight pilot local government areas of Taraba in the last two years, Concise News reports.
The state Coordinator of the project, Dr Ubanus Ezekiel, disclosed this in Karim-Lamido, headquarters of Karim-Lamido Local Government Area of the state on Thursday.
Ezekiel said the World Bank-funded project was being executed in collaboration with the Taraba State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
The coordinator who spoke while launching the project in the area, said the programme was aimed at increasing health care delivery and use of high impact maternal and child health interventions and to improve the quality of health care being made available to the people of the state.
“This objective is being worked out toward using a broad-based approach to system strengthening through Performance Based Financing (PBF).
“The NSHIP Performance Based Financing through purchase contracts pays health facilities for volume and quality of services offered by them,” he said.
According to him, from its inception in 2017 with Ardo-Kola Local Government Area, the programme was scaled up to Jalingo, Takum, Gassol, Sardauna, Wukari, Ibi and Karim-Lamido local government areas.
“In these local government areas, the project has entered into purchase contracts with 100 Health Centres, 90 PHCs and nine General Hospitals.
“These health facilities are spread across all wards of the local government areas implementing the project.
“Currently, NSHIP health facilities across the state are responsible for meeting the health care needs of 2,142, 702 which represents about 64 per cent of all the people of the state,” he said.
Ezekiel said that all NSHIP health facilities in the state now had adequate stock of high quality drugs with dedicated drug revolving accounts.
“As at July 2019, the project had provided OPD consultations for 239,990 people, and completed vaccination for 13, 170 children under the age of one year.
“Also, Health facilities implementing the NSHIP Performance Based Financing have performed growth monitoring checks for 34, 273 children under age five, while 4, 548 pregnant women have duly attended their 4th ANC visit and 17,842 deliveries have been received by skilled birth attendants,” he said.
He said the best practice in Performance Based Financing was community participation and ownership, which according to him, is the only guarantee for sustainability and ownership, which he said, should be encouraged in all the participating local government areas.
The Chief of Wurkum, Alhaji Abubakar Kirim, and the Chairman of the local government, Idi Mali, thanked the project coordinators for selecting their area to benefit from the programme.
They assured of the continued support of the council to ensure that the project succeeded in all the 11 wards of the local government area.