Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
As part of the project intervention and health support in the collective fight against the novel COVID-19, the National PIU of the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP-NPHCDA) has donated about 750 Stand-Alone Hand Washing tools to the Bauchi State Government for upward distribution to the health facilities .
Receiving the equipment at the State NSHIP PIU, office Bauchi, on behalf of the state government yesterday, the Executive Chairman, BSPHCDA Dr Rilwanu Mohammed said the coming of NSHIP project in the State can be described as a great success stories in recent times in terms of projects management and execution, noted that so far about 194 health care centres and 12 general hospitals had undergone total restructuring and modern results oriented services.
Dr Mohammed said from the NSHIP intervention, health care centers, health workers, people and communities have been given utmost priorities especially through renovation, construction, investment credit, and of course subsidy payment initiative which are made according to performance based services.
He then assured the NPHCDA that government will ensure utilization, as well as quick and equal distribution of the items to all health facilities and general hospitals in the state.
Dr Rilwanu Mohammed therefore called on the people to ensure self protection and reject the wrong perception that Coronavirus is not real rather an avenue of money making, emphasizing that the results of denial is impactful to more increase in number of cases the state is witnessing today and “we have had or face same issue during polio eradication campaign but today Nigeria has been declared as polio free land in the world by the WHO.”
He thanked NSHIP for the gesture, and reassured of equitable distribution of the machines to all the Primary Health Centers in the state, as well as other essential areas where it is needed.
Presenting the equipment to the state government, the State NSHIP Project Coordinator Dr Adamu Mohammed said the National Project Implementation Unit in the NPHCDA has procured and allocated 750 Stand-Alone Hand Washing tools for Bauchi State and already over 300 have been received by the state NSHIP PIU while the remaining 450 is underway.
It would be recalled that the NSHIP project has renovated 100 bed capacity isolation centre at the Toro General Hospital as part of corporate social responsibility in the fight against Coronavirus in the State.
Other supports include human and material support to the contact tracing and surveillance pillar in the Rapid Response team. Procurement of hands gloves, hands sanitizers, face masks, and other consumables across the 204 health facilities using business plans. Printing of registers for documentation of samples collected for testing to the epidemiology unit of SPHCDA. END