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Health: Yobe sets up ‘Basket Fund’

Determined to continue with health sector reform, Yobe state Governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam has disclosed his administration’s move to create a central account to be dedicated as Basket Fund into which some amount of money would be released monthly to cater for Primary Health Care activities with special emphasis on routine immunization.

He disclosed this yesterday while commissioning   a N288 million worth of medical equipment donated to the state by a non-governmental organization, Partnering for Reviving Routine Immunization In Northern Nigeria (PRRINN).

He said all donor agencies collaborating with the state would be requested to channel their funds and contributions to the basket fund with the aim of minimizing duplication of efforts and waste of resources.

Pursuant to the same goal, the governor has equally approved the procurement and distribution of the 13 United Nation life-saving commodities covering maternal, newborn, child and reproductive health, in partnership with relevant development partners.

He has therefore directed the commissioner of health to set the machinery in motion to ensure early procurement of the 13 life-saving commodities and to comply with the operational methodology, intervention and distribution platforms.

He said Yobe state welcomes and accept the UN strategy of mobilizing international community to work together to save 16 million lives by 2015 through increased access to appropriate use of the 13 essential medicines, medical devices and health supplies which is aimed at meeting the needs of people in the state and to avert preventable deaths and diseases.

He used the occasion to appeal to PRRINN-MNCH and United Kingdom Department for International development (DFID) to deepen engagement and investment in the state to cover other areas not touched so far.

He also requested DFID to further expand its health sector support particularly to Malaria Control Programme, the Support to National Malaria Programme (SUNMAP) which was started initially in the state but had to be relocated due to the security challenges.

 

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