From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger State government has been rewarded with $6.4 million US dollars for its outstanding performance in the health sector under the Save One Million Life programme.
The Permanent Secretary of the Niger State Ministry of Health and Hospital Management, Dr Makun Sidi, disclosed this during a press briefing yesterday in Minna.
He explained that over N1 billion had been expended by the ministry on purchase of equipment, remodeling of health facilities, training and re-training of health workers and recruitment of health workers.
Sidi explained that the fund was part of the 6.4 million dollars awarded to the state by the Save One Million Life for ranking one of the highest state with highest indices in the health sector in the country.
“During the 2018 and 2019 Smart Survey, Niger state was ranked second performing state among the eight sates in the country which qualifies the state for the this fund,”he said.
Sidi said that over N1.2 billion the state was given to the state out of the 6.4 million dollars and over N1 billion had been expended with a balance of N101 million, with a balance of N400 million yet to be accessed from the secretariat of the management of the fund.
He added that the fund was also used to recruit 250 midwives in order to improve birth attendance across primary health care facilities as well as training and re-training of health workers.
According to him, the training of health workers had led to tremendous improvement in the antenatal care system, improved delivery services and sensitisation of women on save delivery and care for new born.
The permanent secretary disclosed that Niger state had moved from 7th position to 2nd position in terms of immunisation coverage in the country and 1st position among the north central states.
He added that the HIV/AIDS prevalence in the state had reduced from 1.2 to 0.7 as a result of government efforts in provision of qualitative. and affordable health care services.
He said that the state had recorded drastic reduction of neonatal mortality as a result of training of health workers at primary, second and tertiary health care centers, as well as provision of oxygen delivery system in health facilities.
He noted that the maternal neonatal wing of the Minna General Hospital have been provided with neonatal services, adding that over 5,000 infants had been attended to since the establishment of the wing.
Sidi said the ministry also purchased surgeries machines and equipment, released N50 million to Drugs and Hospital Management Agency for purchase of drugs, remodeled and upgrade health facilities with constant electricity supply.