From Umar Dankano, Yola
The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with European Union (EU) have earmarked 140 primary Healthcare Centres for renovation and upgrading to boost the health services delivery in Adamawa state.
Executive Chairman of the Adamawa state Primary Health Care Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Batulu Muhammad, disclosed this in Yola on Monday at the official handing over ceremony of the renovated and upgraded Major Aminu Primary Healthcare Centre in Doubeli Ward, Yola North local government area of the state.
Represented by the Secretary of the Agency, Abubakar Umar Maiha, Butulu said the two partners (UNICEF/EU) have been bringing positive developments in health sector for the state.
Butulu noted that UNICEF has contributed to healthcare delivery in the areas of capacity building to the primary healthcare workers, provision of equipment and renovation of 140 facilities out of which 7 have been completed.
She charged the community members to maintain the facility for optimal healthcare delivery in the area.
Earlier in her remarks, representative of the UNICEF, Dr Halima Abdu, stated that no fewer than 226 Primary Healthcare centers have been supported by the European Union (EU) in collaboration with UNICEF in the State. Abdu noted that the 226 centers are working 24 hours, 7 days a week.
“UNICEF received support from the European Union in 2017 to support the state to implement healthcare services under the project titled strengthening primary healthcare and community resilience for improved Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) outcomes project in three Northern States of Nigeria which include Adamawa State.
“This 54-million-euro multi-sectoral health and nutrition project being implemented across the three states of Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi has supported Adamawa State to ensure 226 Primary Health Care centers are functional 24 hours 7 days a week and provide integrated PHC services through capacity building for over 1,130 health workers on different PHC services and provision of equipment, motorcycles and essential medicines worth $1,856,643.65 distributed to the 226 PHCs and provision of a mobile storage unit worth $14,000,” she said.
Also speaking, Adamawa State coordinator of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Pastor Omega Nduakan thanked UNICEF/EU for the provision of structure, process and quality services upon which the delivery of healthcare delivery thrives.
He urged the facility managers and the community to put it to good use for effective healthcare delivery in the area.