The donated Solar powered Android phones courtesy of USAID funded Integrated Health Program (IHP). Photo: Murtala Muhammad
By Murtala Muhammad
Bauchi state government has received 256 desktop solar powered Android phones worth over thirty million naira as donation from USAID funded Integrated Health Program (IHP).
Presenting the gadgets to the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, the Technical Director IHP Dr. Ibrahim Kabo said the gesture was part of effort to support the state towards reducing maternal and child mortality as well as infant morbidity.
Dr. Ibrahim Kabo explained that the USAID funded IHP had supported the state in the areas of guideline and policy for referral system review as well as capacity building in improving emergency response.
He disclosed that the new solar powered Android phones were new communication technology used in quick transfer of information on referrals with Bauchi being the fifth state to benefit from the intervention.
The Technical Director urged the state government to make judicious use of the gadgets and ensure that the 256 Primary Healthcare centers safeguard the facilities to ensure quick response in referrals.
Receiving the gadgets on behalf of the state government, the Executive Chairman Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed described the support from IHP as best of its kind in the country.
Dr Mohammed further disclosed that modalities have been put in place for sustainability of policies and guidelines initiated by IHP particularly on matters of healthcare financing and two way referral.