By Hassan Zaggi
The Federal Government’s policy on revitalization of Primary Health Centres (PHC) across the senatorial zones of the country has gotten a boost.
This is as the Federal Government has earmarked $180 million in the 2018 budget for the project. The World Bank has also set aside $20 million dollars while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also injecting $2 million for the same purpose within the same period.
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this while addressing a meeting of representatives of Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) and other stakeholders held in Dakar, Senegal, recently.
According to the minister, the federal government’s budget was a practical demonstration of its commitment towards financing its ambitious project for the revitalization of the Nigeria’s primary healthcare system.
He, however, assured that the federal government would ensure direct flow of resources to health facilities at the grass roots level; embark on necessary infrastructural facilities, procure health commodities and guarantee incentives for the health workers.
The Minister reiterated the commitment of the federal government to ensure 10% increase each year in funding of immunization as already pledged to GAVI.
He, however, applauded the GAVI Governing Board for extension of its exit in financing of immunisation in Nigeria by ten years ending in 2028.
Adewole therefore highlighted Nigeria’s achievements on immunization to include putting an end to data falsification, declaration of state emergency on Routine Immunisation, drastic increase in the national coverage of routine immunization from 33% in 2016 survey to 56% and many others.
It will be recalled that recently, the GAVI’s Governing Board announced an extension of GAVI transition in Nigeria by 10 years ending in 2028 with additional funding of over one billion dollars.