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Advocacy: Borno Emirs, District Heads Vow to Monitor Implementation Of NSHIP In Their Domains To Save Lives

Advocacy: Borno Emirs, District Heads Vow to Monitor Implementation Of NSHIP In Their Domains To Save Lives

*Photo: Dr Sule Meleh*

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

His Royal Highnesses, the Emirs of Biu, Shani, Uba and Askira in Southern Borno Senatorial District and over 70 District Heads have vowed to henceforth monitor the implementation activities of the Nigeria- State Health Investment Project-Additional Financing (NSHIP-AF), a World Bank assisted project under the leadership of the Executive Director Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BoSPHCDA), Dr. Sule Meleh.

The Traditional Rulers stated this during advocacy visits paid to them in their respective palaces by the members and staff of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) led by the State Technical Assistant and the Communication Officer, Mr. Auwal Ahmed and Inusa Ndahi, as well as the Focal Person on Health Matters to the Shehu of Borno, Zanna Lawan Maina who represented the Project Coordinator, Hajiya Habiba Saidu.

The Emir of Biu, HRH, Alhaji Mai Umar Mustapha has four Local Government Areas under the emirate which comprised of Hawul, Bayo, Kwaya Kusar and Biu, while the other three Emirs of Shani, Alhaji Muhammad Nasiru Mailafiya, Uba, Alhaji Ali Ibn Ismaila Mamza and Askira, Alhaji Mai Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama are all First Class Emirs who have passion for NSHIP towards ensuring qualitative health care delivery system with strict adherence to Performance Based Financing (PBF).

Speaking with same voice in their domain, the Emirs pledged to work hand in hand with their District Heads and other stakeholders to ensure the project succeed in rendering key services such as improve in Maternal, New -Born and Child Health Indices and achieving Universal Health Coverage in the zone.

Earlier the Advocacy Team had told the emirs and other traditional rulers that they were in their respective palaces to seek their blessings and support in the implementation process of NSHIP to ensure ownership and sustainability, as the project has a life-span.

The team said, already, one Primary Health Care Facility and General Hospital in each of the existing wards in their domain have been contracted by the Project, in which, funds are been disbursed quarterly to each facility’s bank account with signitaries, which comprised of the Health Facility Manager, Ward Development Committee Chairman, Account Clerk among others.

The channelling of the funds directly to the account of the contracted facilities according to the Advocacy Team is to enable the health workers manage and judiciously spend it in the areas of purchasing essential drugs, medical/Laboratory equipment, renovation of structures and the day to day running of the facilities, stressing that “It is only the owner of the house/room that know where the roof is leaking”.

The team said, prior to these funds disbursed on quarterly basis based on performance of over 22/27 indicators for contracted General Hospitals (GHs) and Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs), an Investment Credit/Seed Fund to the tune of N6.1 million and N3.50 million were disbursed to each GH and PHC in each ward across the Emirates as ‘Take off Grant’.

The Team said that with the coming of the project with strict adherence to PBF, most of the contracted facilities have been rendering 24 -hour services, compared to the past, while clients are fully satisfied with the treatment protocols received without delay or frustration.

The Advocacy Team therefore urged the traditional rulers, especially the District Heads and Village Heads to visit these contracted facilities and engaged in community mobilization in their domain to see things for themselves, as it will serve as motivation to both staff and the clients.

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