Nasarawa state Signs MOU, to Receive $500,000 Grant to Boost Health Care

Nasarawa State Government has signed a MOU which would provide a performance based grant of $500,000 to strengthen Primary Health Care Systems in the state with bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Delivering his speech during the signing Ceremony His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura made it known that the the grant by the Bill and Malinda Gate Foundation would further strengthen his administrations resolve to achieve its goals in the area of Healthcare delivery.

The Governor noted the contribution of other development partners towards revitalizing the health sector of the state. He state that the Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would be effectively utilized towards meeting the challenges in the over seven hundred primary health care centers in the state

Speaking on the area of accountability and sustainability, Governor Almakura made it known that state government policies on Health would go beyond his administration.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Health Dr. Daniel Iya stated that the Grant was a result of months of hard work and proposal writing towards improving the health system in the State.

He further explained using a presentation titled ‘Mainstreaming Performance-based Financing and Strengthening PHC systems in Nasarawa State’ which showed the History of Performance-Based Financing (PBF) in Nasarawa, Partnership with NSHIP/World Bank and Characteristics of PBF, DFF facilities and the Risks Mitigation & Sustainability.

The ED/CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib rated high the performance of Nasarawa State in the Health sector praising the leadership for the state for it successes in healthcare , stating that he had not visited the state due to the face the state did not require any supervision as they had been compliant in all areas.

He described Nasarawa State as being a high performance state that he was sure would be successful with the grant , stating that from the Governor, Commissioner of Health, Chairman NAPHDA to the people in front lines there was a common DNA tie, which was performance. He described the event as historic which would be long remembered
in the history of the state, how Gov. Almakura brought the international community to give Nasarawa State a first of its kind grant.

The Director of Integrated Delivery Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Dana Hovig, explained that the grant was for five hundred thousand dollars
$500,000 to strengthen Primary Health Care system in Nasarawa State, which was in line with their organizations focus in building up effective health care systems.
Mr. Hovig commended the leadership of the state for is ambitious plans, which would save the lives of the citizenry.

Also speaking at the event Dr. Wole Odutolu, Senior Health Specialist and Representative , World Bank appreciated the effort of the government of His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura in transforming the lives of the people through good leadership at the top and supporting those working under him.

He gave an example Dr. Daniel Iya who he said was a excellent public servant who had shown his worth in the manner he steered NSHIP, and Dr. Mohammed Adis , Executive Chairman Nasarawa Primary HealthCare Development Agency (NAPHDA) for his wonderful handling of the agency which would provide services to all the people especially the poor.

Presenting the Vote of Thanks Dr. Mohammed Adis, Executive Chairman Nasarawa Primary HealthCare Development Agency (NAPHDA) made it known that the state government and its people were very grateful for the grant, assuring that it would impact the health sector .

He commended Gov. Almakura and the members of the administration for their wonderful dedicated efforts in improving and sustaining health care, assuring that their target was to make Nasarawa State Health Care stand out in the country.