The Adamawa State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations agency, the UNICEF, and the European Union for the rehabilitation of 140 primary healthcare facilities in Adamawa State.
Gov. Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla (Bindow), who initialed the deal on behalf of Adamawa State Government at the premises of Ajiya Health Clinic in Yola North, said he was overwhelmed. By the development.
He explained that his administration would continue to accord priority to the health sector and pledged that the government would sustain the present pace of development in the sector even after the expiration of the tripartite MoU.
Gov. Jibrilla also said that more healthcare personnel would be employed and the renovation would be done in phases.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fatima Atiku, remarked the support of the governor, which led to the current intervention by the development partners.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Batulu Mohammed, announced that the second phase of the intervention by development partners would cost about €2 million, explaining that the provision of water and electricity and equipment for enhanced service delivery were part of the deal.
Dr. Batulu, however also said that about 6,400 health workers were required to complement the current effort to ensure quality service delivery in the Adamawa health sector.
The Representative of UNICEF, Mr. Oluseyi Olasande, said the Fund had enjoyed close relations with the state government in the last four years. For example, he pointed out, 600 communities had been reached with 72 trained health workers on integrated healthcare.
Mr. Olasande also said that 140 health facilities would be renovated while “Karama Project,” another intervention aimed at assisting children from severe malaria, will kick off soon.
The first intervention under the arrangement enables the Adamawa State Government to take delivery of hundreds of hospital equipment, which placed the state on the pedestal of one of the nation’s best in healthcare.