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BORNO NSHIP TRAINS 267 ADDITIONAL HEALTH WORKERS, WDCs FOR 3RD SCALE UP ON PBF

BORNO NSHIP TRAINS 267 ADDITIONAL HEALTH WORKERS, WDCs FOR 3RD SCALE UP ON PBF

INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI

The Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BOSPHCDA) under the Leadership of the Executive Director, Dr. Sule Meleh, and the Nigeria  State Health Investment Project -Additional Financing (NSHIP-AF), a World Bank assisted Project has commenced a one- week Training for Health Workers from 80 Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) four and General Hospitals (GHs) in five additional Local Government  Areas (LGAs) and 10 already supported LGAs across the state on Performance Based Financing (PBF).

The PBF training which is also the 3rd Scale -Up Implemention Process 2019, commenced on Friday 4th October 2019 at various locations/Conference Halls in Emerald Royal Hill, Jiyamere and Lelah Hotels, Gombe state.

This was inline with World Bank/Nigerian Government policies towards implementing NSHIP-AF and Performance Based Financing (PBF) to ensure community ownership, judicious and transparent use of Investment Credits and Subsidies which are disbursed quarterly to contracted Health Facilities (HFs) improve and strengthen quality and quantity of healthcare services, particularly on each health indicators in the state.

Declaring the Workshop opened, Dr. Meleh who was represented by the Project Coordinator, Hajiya Habiba Saidu stressed that, since the project was introduced in June 2017, with two Pilot LGAs of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Jere, members of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), with support from the World Bank, Governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum and other stakeholders, 4 LGAs of Biu, Kaga, Magumeri, Askira-Uba benefitted from the 1st scale -up, while Hawul, Shani, Bayo and Kwaya-Kusar equally benefitted from the 2nd Scale-Up.

She noted that, despite the security challenges, the PIU has to embark on the 3rd Scale -Up 2019 Training of 267 Facility Managers/Principal Medical Officers and Ward Development Chairmen (FMs/PMOs and WDCs) from each Primary Health Care Centres and General Hospitals to be contracted in each wards of Chibok, Damboa, Gubio, Mafa and Konduga LGAs, in addition to 10 supported LGAs.

According to her, PBF which is ‘Result Based’ on quality health services, also has strict guidelines to community ownership, transparency and accountability to save lives.

While congratulating the participants, the Project Coordinator enjoined them to make good use of the opportunity to be derived from the training by competent Facilitators to ensure smooth NSHIP/PBF take- off in their respective communities.

She said, immediately after the training and contract signing agreement by the new HFs and the BOSPHCDA, an investment credit/seed fund will be disbursed to each Facilities Based on their Business Plan Development, after submitted them to the State for guidance and approval.

Hajiya Habiba also noted that, modalities have been concluded for contracting of Health Facilities and immediate implementation of NSHIP/PBF in all existing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps in the state.

Facilitators were drawn from National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) PIU, and Technical Experts including Contract Management Verification Agents (CMVAs).

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