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BORNO TRAINS HEALTH WORKERS IN 11 IDPs CAMP CLINICS ON WASTE MANAGEMENT 

BORNO TRAINS HEALTH WORKERS IN 11 IDPs CAMP CLINICS ON WASTE MANAGEMENT 

 

BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI
Apparently worried by increasing demands of health care delivery services amongst millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) resettled in officially designated camps, the Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BOSPHCDA) and the Additional Financing- Nigeria State Health Investment Project (AF-NSHIP), a World Bank assisted Project, has organized a weeklong Trainings for Health Workers drawn from 11 camps in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere Local Government Area.
The benefiting participants for the Certification Trainings are drawn from Clinics in Dalori, Bakassi, Customs House, NYSC, Teachers Village, Gubio Road and Stadium IDPs Camps.

Others includes; Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN Centre) in Jerusalem general area of the metropolis, Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies (MOGOCLIS) and Farm Centre which hosted millions of traumatized IDPs and are in dire need of health care services.

The trainings which is in sections would focus on Health Care Waste Management (HCWM), Essential Drugs Management (EDM) and Financial Management (FM) to ensure quality of healthcare strictly on Performance Based Financing (PBF) approach.
Declaring the Workshop opened on Monday at the Dujima International Hotels Maiduguri, the Executive Director of BoSPHCDA, Dr. Sule Meleh, represented by the State Coordinator of NSHIP-AF, Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Mrs. Habiba Saidu said, the training became necessary as the project continue it’s scale up interventions.
Already she said, since the inception of the Project in June 2017, NSHIP-AF was able to contract 167 public and private Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and 14 General Hospitals (GHs) across 15 Local Government Areas, where an existing Health  Facility (HF) in each wards were selected based on meeting the PBF criteria and accessibility.
She noted that, immediately after the trainings, an investment credits would be disbursed into each of the IDPs Clinic’s Corporate account, in which, utilization of such fund would be based on the Business Plans submitted to the State, as approved to improve the quality of the health care system in the camps and the hosts communities.
She noted that, the Project would not even stop from the investment credit, as subsidies would also be paid to each performing facility based on quarterly verification and counter verification by independent verifiers and the State using the Quality Health Indice Tools (QHITs).
The motives behind these interventions, Habiba stressed, is to ensure transparency and accountability in the whole system, as the Project uphold, pointing out that, the recent pull down and down sizing of human resources’ (Adhoc staff) from clinics in most of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps by major partners like the UNICEF, would not be a set back, as NSHIP-AF is working assiduously to bridge the gap.
Her words: “On behalf of the Executive Director, Dr. Sule Meleh, I congratulated all of you to be part of this historic event.
“Since inception of the Project in June 2017, NSHIP-AF was able to contract 167 public and private Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and 14 General Hospitals (GHs) across 15 Local Government Areas, where an existing Health  Facility (HF) in each wards were selected based on meeting the PBF criteria and accessibility.
“I am happy to inform you that out of passion, the World Bank and our able Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved scale up intervention in our IDPs camps.
“I want to assure you that immediately after the trainings, an investment credits would be disbursed into each of your Corporate account, in which, utilization of such fund would be based on the Business Plans you submitted to the State, and as approved to improve the quality of the health care system in the camps and the hosts communities.
“The Project would not even stop from the investment credit, as subsidies would also be paid to each performing facility based on quarterly verification and counter verification of the implementation process by our independent verifiers and the State using the Quality Health Indice Tools (QHITs).
“The motives behind these interventions, is to ensure transparency and accountability in the whole system, as the Project uphold, as you know, the recent pull down and down sizing of human resources’ (Adhoc staff) from clinics in most of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps by major partners like the UNICEF, would not be a set back, as NSHIP-AF is working assiduously to bridge the gap.
“The whole mantra is to ensure availability and affordability of quality healthcare services, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combatting HIV/AIDs, Malaria and other diseases amongst our IDPs living in resettlement camps”. Saidu stated.
Facilitators for the training sessions were drawn from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of NSHIP and Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency.
Most of the participants in an interview expressed gratitude for the organizers, which they pledged to utilize and make proper use of the knowledge derived from the training and impact.

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