World Bank approves $170m for new health centers

Ondo, Adamawa and Nasarawa states will benefit from the offer.

The World Bank has approved $170 million grant for Primary Health Care, pilot projects in the Ondo, Adamawa and Nasarawa states.

The leader of the World Bank Task Team, Dinesh Nair, disclosed the institution’s action in Akure, Ondo State capital during joint advocacy visit of the bank to Ondo State.

Mr. Nahir said the grant which would be a result-based funding arrangement, would be deployed in three areas of immunization, maternal health and infant health projects, and to control communicable diseases.

The World Bank official disclosed that $50 million would be for projects in Ondo state, stating that Ondo East Local Government had been selected for the scheme in the state.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Ado Mohammed, promised that the Federal Government would continue to support Ondo State in the area of Primary Health Care,PHC, and other healthcare projects.

Mr. Mohammed said not less than N60 billion would be made available to the health sector if the National Health Bill is passed by the National Assembly.

He said if the bill is passed, funds would be channeled in the area of capacity building with the employment of midwives and nurses, procurement of commodities and medical equipment noting that low quality of services is responsible for low patronage of PHC.

Responding, Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, said the government is committed to the PHC and healthcare in general and adequate budgetary provision had been made for the sector.

While stating that the government is in support of the result based funding, Mr.Mimiko said the World Bank should consider the experiences of the state in the project saying the government would want the project to be where it would have more impact on the large number of the population.

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