Bauchi Govt. expends N2.5bn on healthcare devt projects

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The Bauchi says it has expended about N2.5 billion on construction and renovation of primary and secondary healthcare facilities in the past years.
Dr. Dayyabu Hassan, the Acting Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday in Bauchi.
Hassan said the objectives was to enhance healthcare service delivery as well as optimise health facilities to fast track implementation of the state Minimum Service Package (MSP).
He said that 2,605 health workers were also redeployed to 323 health facilities to enhance access to quality healthcare services at the grassroots.
According to him, the will leverage on the existing support including the Health Workforce Programme, to build the capacity of health towards effective service delivery.
The Permanent Secretary said the planned to construct 37 additional health facilities and recruit additional frontline healthcare workers before the end of the year.
This, he said, was required for effective service delivery across the 552 prioritised health facilities the state’ 5-year Investment Plan,
Hassan said the also adopted proactive measures to strengthen COVID-19 testing, vaccination and sustain non-pharmaceutical measures as well as scale up integrated outreaches across existing facilities to stem spread of the pandemic.
“The state government will roll out Community Health Influencers Programme Strategy (CHIPS) and other community engagement strategies.
” This will enable us to track pregnant women for ante-natal care and other maternal services” he said.
NAN reports that the Bauchi State Government on Aug. 12, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aliko Foundation, Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation as well as other partners for extension of the five-year primary healthcare intervention programme.