The “Restoration Agenda” of Governor Abubakar Sani- Bello of Niger State in health sector got a boost with World Bank injecting over $6 million into the “Save One Million Lives Health Programme for Results” in the State, Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr. Mustapha Jibrin has disclosed.
He made this revelation on Wednesday during the weekly state Executives Council Meeting at the Government House in Minna, the state capital.
The Commissioner stated that the state attracted the global apex bank funding following her deft management of the resources of the state’s health sector and the outstanding policies initiated by the administration since 2015.
The global apex bank intervention in the state followed the ability of the state to meet World Bank before awarding the funds examined certain indices before three states were selected to benefit from the funding.
“The state was awarded with the funds after certain indices were surveyed. Among the indices considered was the state government efforts in the establishment of primary healthcare under one roof.
“Niger State is among the states that have established primary health centres and is also ranked second place in the country in the maintenance of primary health care centers.
“The State has also showed remarkable increase in the numbers of skilled birth attendants in the primary health centers with over 400 health workers and 100 nurses and midwives employed across the state.
“Other indices surveyed was the state’s efforts in the control of HIV/AIDS, which is now below 1%. Distribution of long lasting insecticides and treated nets for malaria, use of contraceptives and increase in the adoption of family planning.”
Dr. Jibrin added that the activities of the wife of the Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Amina Abubakar Bello in the health sector was among the criteria’s surveyed by the World Bank.
The Commissioner concluded that the state under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello has recorded tremendous development in the health sector of the state.