Press Release (NSHIP)

Nasarawa State Government has revealed that modalities have been put in place towards mainstreaming the Nigeria States Health Investment Project (NSHIP) currently being piloted in the State.

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura made the revelation when he received at the Council Chambers of the Government House ,members of World Bank team on mid-term review
assessment exercise.

The Governor explained that he has penultimate week issued an executive order aimed at exploring measures towards seeking legal frame work through legislation to domesticate the NSHIP project into the mainstream of the State health centre development agency. Al-Makura assured World Bank that when such measures are put in place, it would ensure the sustenance of the project even when his tenure
elapsed.

He also reiterated his administration commitment towards expanding the scope of NSHIP projects in Nasarawa State through deepening collaboration in the area of manpower development in order to surmount the deficit in the over 700 primary healthcare centres in the state. The Governor however expressed his administration resolve to seek the
approval of relevant agencies towards increasing the number of intakes in our schools of nursing and health technology to improve service delivers.

Similarly, the Governor said the State has evolved what is called cluster reach out centre where groups of catchment would be designated as centres of excellence for the purpose of entrenchment the NSHIP project to the later.

Earlier, World Bank team leader, Dr. Benjamin Loevinsohn in his opening remarks said on a mid-term impact review assessment of NSHIP project which Nasarawa is one of the pilots State.

He explained that their visits to Primary Health Care facilities has revealed that Nasarawa has recorded tremendous improvement in services provided in PHC’s and has graduated from D grade to B grade since the project took off in the State.

Loevinsohn noted that there is indeed an improvement in the
utilization of services in Primary Health Care facilities as there are drugs/basic facilities in the State..

He implored the State Government to adopt decentralize financing mechanism in order to sustain the project which require half a billion dollar investment in healthcare.

Musa Elayo
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
30th November, 2017