By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi State Government has expressed commitment to sustain partnership with development partners in the areas of healthcare delivery and other essential services for the benefit of its people.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sama’ila Dahuwa gave the indication at the Closeout Workshop of Plan International Nigeria, Bauchi Opportunities for Responsive Neonatal and Maternal Health, BORN Project.
The BORN Project, funded by the Global Affairs Canada, commenced implementation in February 2016 to June 2020 with a costed extension period of one year from February 2021 to January 2022 in ten local government areas in the state on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Menstrual Hygiene Management MNCH/SRHR.
Dr Samaila Dahuwa, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Aliyu Babayo commended Plan International for various interventions in the sector over the implementing years.
He explained that the interventions include improved Antenatal Care attendance, Hospital Based Delivery, Postnatal Care, immunization among others.
In a remark, the Executive Chairman, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed said BORN Project had supported the state in the areas of MNCH and healthcare waste management among other interventions.
The Country Director, Plan International Nigeria, Mr. Charles Usie said the closure of the Project was necessary in view of the initial contractual agreement entered into with the state government which according to him had yielded positive results.
Mr. Usie who described the performance of the state as remarkable, noting that without the enabling environment provided by the government, the achievements being celebrated would not have been recorded.
“For every one Dollar we spent in Bauchi State there is evidence that the government spent five times if not more than what we spent and this is something the state should be proud of” – He said.
The Chairman House Committee on Health in the State House of Assembly, represented by the Committee’s Secretary, Alhaji Aliyu Tama who appreciated BORN Project for the support provided assured continued collaboration between the legislature and development partners for improved healthcare delivery in the state.
The State Director, Integrated Health Program, IHP Dr. Siaka Alhassan who said Bauchi state was on the verge of being over funded for health in view of the numerous interventions injected by development partners called for sustainability of all implemented projects.
He stressed that to ensure efficiency in spending the monies being injected in the sector, more commitment from relevant stakeholders was needed to achieve the desired objective.
Also speaking, the representative of the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development, Mrs. Esther Patrick emphasised the need for women inclusion in every project to ensure gender responsiveness.
The Representative of Chairmen Forum and Director Primary Healthcare, Bauchi Local Government Sulaiman Abdu Kirfi assured the Forum’s readiness to sustain the already existing relationship with partners towards improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Healthcare in the state.