By Hassan Zaggi
Plans have been concluded for President Muhammadu Buhari to formally launch the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) programme.
The programme will be launched in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, next week.
According to the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the CHIPS Programme is aimed at improving access and equitable coverage to essential health services, especially those relating to maternal, new born and child survival.
Other objectives include addressing barriers to demand for PHC services, ensure supply of integrated PHC interventions, linking the health workforce at health centres in rural and underserved communities to the households and tackling delays in decision to seek care, reaching care and receiving adequate healthcare.
A statement by Head, Media unit of the NPHCDA, Sa’adu Salahu, noted that the CHIPS is one of the current administration’s initiative and a critical component of the PHC Revitalization program, particularly in addressing challenges of health’s human resources in the rural areas.
The flag off, the statement noted, is a major part of activities lined up for an official working day visit of the President to Nasarawa State.