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During the National Council on Health (NCH), the Ekiti State Governor stressed the need to improve Nigeria's health indices.

Governor Biodun Injects N814m into Primary Healthcare

Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State, on Monday, gave N814m to the 177 primary healthcare centres in the state as investment funds to carry out renovations, to procure drugs and equipment, among others.

He handed over a cheque of N4.6m to each of the 177 PHCs, which amounted to N814.2m in Ado Ekiti, the state capital during the flag-off of the World Bank-supported Impact Project.

The governor charged the various managements to develop work plans that would guide the use of the fund.

“It is important that these funds are used judiciously. Our focus must be to deploy these resources in a manner that is catalytic and complementary to existing programmes.

“Out of the 36 states in the federation, only Ekiti State has secured approval from the World Bank to implement both components (malaria and immunisation-plus) of the Impact Project.

“This is proof of our readiness to seize all opportunities available to improve the health of Ekiti people, and an indication of the confidence our partners have in us, which is to deliver.

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“Under this programme, 177 PHC facilities will each receive the sum of N4.6 million as a one-off investment fund. I expect facilities to use these funds to purchase drugs and consumables through our Drug Management Agency and to carry out basic renovations, purchase equipment, and ensure that data management tools are available.

“The Impact Project represents a crucial step forward in our ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of the Ekiti people. The primary objective of this project is to reduce under-5 mortality.

“This aim is highly consistent with the state’s human capital development goals and complements other existing programmes such as Ulerawa (our flagship health insurance programme), the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, and the Impact Malaria project, all of which are aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality in the state,” he said.

The World Bank Country Director, Shubaham Chaudhuri, who reiterated the bank’s commitment to eliminating poverty and making life easier for Nigerians through affordable and quality healthcare services at the grassroots, said the project targeted ensuring that every parent and child in Ekiti State has unhindered access to healthcare delivery in the 177 PHC facilities in their localities.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, lauded the efforts of the World Bank in the state’s health and others.

He noted that the project was in line with the Oyebanj-led administration’s agenda to invest more in the PHCs in the interest of the citizens.