The World Bank through the Federal Ministry of Health has released $1.5 million to Zamfara State Government to strengthen maternal and child health services across the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Hon. Suleman Adamu Gummi, disclosed this while opening a two-day Stakeholders meeting for the review of Zamfara State Work Plan on the implementation of Saving One Million Lives programme supported by the World Bank.
Gunmi asaid the funds are meant to ensure equity and access to Maternal and Child Health services across rural and marginalized communities within Zamfara State.
He said the funds had been credited in the Zamfara State dollars account within the Central Bank of Nigeria, Gusau office, but could only be released when the work plan is finalized and approved by the federal ministry of health.
The commissioner explained that the funds would be used towards improving six state health indicators; nutrition, skilled birth attendants, immunization coverage, contraceptive prevalence rate, use of insecticides treated nets, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevalence, and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) Week.
Gunmi noted that Saving One Million Lives initiative is program for results, which could lead the state to access 100 per cent of what they earned now in 2017, and therefore called on Stakeholders to redouble their efforts towards the realization of the set objective.
He appealed to development partners particularly MNCH2 project, Women for Health and Save the Children for their full support towards achieving the desired goal.
Earlier, MNCH2 Project State team leader, Mr. Yusuf Lawal, said the Saving One Million Lives would facilitate the state to increase utilization and quality of high impact reproductive and child health and nutrition interventions.
By: Isah Ibrahim Maru
The Guardian News
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