By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Government has purchased a building valued at one hundred and fifty million naira to serve as a permanent site for the state Primary Health Care Development Agency.
The Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed who stated this while speaking to Radio Nigeria on the Agency’s achievements in the year 2021 said the building was undergoing rehabilitation and upgrade.
Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed explained that the cost of rehabilitation is estimated at N281 million as reviewed by the state ministry of Works.
He disclosed that the building would also accommodate all development partners working in the state except UNICEF, WHO and USAID funded Integrated Health Program, IHP.
The Executive Chairman said the state government during the year under review paid N44.7 million counterpart contribution for an eighteen million dollar World Bank assisted Immunization Plus and Malaria Progress by Accelerating Coverage and Transforming Services (IMPACT) project.
According to him, the IMPACT Project would be implemented in 323 Primary Healthcare Centres across the twenty local government areas of the state.
Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed said last year the state government had paid the sum of one hundred and seventy million naira into the primary health care basket fund as agreed in the MoU signed between it and partners comprising Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dangote Foundation, UNICEF and USAID, reiterating the state’s commitment to fulfill all pledges and into with development and donor partners to achieve the desired outcome.
According to the Executive Chairman, a State Emergency Routine Immunization Center (SERIC) and State Emergency Maternal and Child Health Center (SEMCHIC) were established in 2021, a step that earned the state a special recognition among its counterparts across the country.