*Governor seeks collaboration, technical support to scale up NSHIP, other healthcare initiatives
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has played host to a World Bank/ Nigeria States Health Investment Project, NSHP who are on implementation support mission to the state.
A statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli, said, receiving the team in his office at the Government House, Gombe, Governor Yahaya expressed delight that NSHIP, in collaboration with the state Government has successfully revitalized 85 Primary Healthcare Centres across six Local Government Areas of the state, while soliciting for technical support and collaboration to scale up the programme to cover the remaining local Government areas.
He said his administration is determined to sustain the gains achieved by the project, disclosing that 10% of the state’s 2020 budget has been allocated to health in view of the importance of the sector.
He also informed the visiting World Bank team that preparations for the introduction of a state contributory health insurance scheme has reached advanced stage, while all the criteria for the participation of the state in the basic health provision fund programme has been met by the Government.
Governor Yahaya said his government is committed to the revitalization of at least 1 Primary Healthcare Centre per ward in every Local Government Area,
soliciting the support of World Bank in that direction.
The co-task team leader for NSHIP in Nigeria, Fatima Abubakar Mustapha, in company of the task team leader, World Bank, Mr. Gyuri Frische, assured of the disposition of the scheme to offer all necessary support to Gombe state to achieve its targets in its efforts to improve the healthcare system.