In Bauchi state, over four million people particularly women and children have benefitted from the six point one billion naira World Bank assisted Nigeria State Health Investment Project, NSHIP, in ten selected Local Government Areas of the state.
The project which is a Performance Based Financing that started in June 2017 and designed to last for three years, provided monetary quarterly intervention to 204 Primary Health Care Centres and some General Hospitals to procure equipment, renovate structures, make essential drugs available and motivate staff.
The State Project Coordinator Dr. Adamu Muhammad stated this in an exclusive interview with journalists on the journey so far.
Dr. Muhammad who said the out of the total amount allocated to the project, almost ninety five percent has been spent, noting that the money was disbursed to the benefiting health facilities being the payment for the services they provided to the people.
He expressed delight that the health facilities have exhibited high sense of responsibility through judicious utilization of the monies disbursed to them as none of them is the same compared to the period of their inclusion into the project.
According to him in almost all the benefiting health facilities one need not to ask of the achievements recorded under the project because they are obvious for everybody to see.
The state project coordinator, noted that despite the successes recorded in the period under review, there were some challenges experienced particularly the local government level supervision of the health facilities.
Kano Daily learnt that NSHIP, winding up in Bauchi state by the end of June this year, is initially a $17.6 million project, but was reviewed down to $17.1 million due to the IMF’s Special Drawing Right (SDR) currency valuation.