From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
In its effort to improve and ensure better health care delivery in rural communities in the state, the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said it would set up a Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Service Providers (CHIPS), in the state.
The Executive Chairman of the Agency Pharmacist Adamu Ibrahim stated during the harmonization meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and development partners to Harmonize community structures in the state in Jos, Plateau state.
Gamawa explained that various models of community-level health workers were recognized in the state, namely; Voluntary Community Mobilizers (VCMs), Community Resource Persons (CORPS), Village Health Workers, Community Base Health Volunteers (CBHVs)etc. Such interventions are being duplicated in an uncoordinated way.
He said the Agency had proposed the harmonization of community health worker initiatives at the community level, in the form of Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Service providers (CHIPS).
According to him, the existing community volunteers would be converted to CHIPS and trained in medical skills to render first aid treatment on women and children before referring them to the hospital in case of an emergency.
He however, noted that they would be made to stay closer to the households and treat simple conditions and offer first aid services to women and children in the rural communities.