Governor Isa Yuguda
Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA) in Bauchi State yesterday said it had trained about 30 health professionals on IUCD insertion, 30 on Jaddle/Inplanon Insertion, and 40 on family planning.
The Agency’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Nasser Ali Umar, who disclosed that family planning adaptation among residents of the state had increased from 2.2 per cent in 2001 to over eight per cent last year, said the agency posted 295 members of staff under the Midwives Service Scheme initiated by the Federal Government, with 237 now on ground under the scheme made up of midwives and community health extension workers. Umar, who was speaking at the state Ministries Departments agency (MDAs) press briefing, also disclosed that arrangements had been completed for the provision of family planning commodities free in all the 20 local government areas of the state.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed for the scheme, he explained that the federal, state, and local governments were expected to pay N30,000; N20,000, and N10,000 respectively, while N20,000; N10,000, and N10,000 would be paid to CHEWS and JCHEWS by the three tiers of government.
The secretary also revealed that the agency had expended about N826.7 million in the construction and renovation of primary healthcare facilities, as well as the purchase of equipment and consumables.
Umar explained that out of the amount, the sum of N316 million was spent on the purchase of medical equipment and consumables which were distributed to 100 PHC facilities across the state.
He enumerated the primary healthcare facility either constructed or renovated as at Tsangaya, Hardawa, Soro, Chinade, Disina, Guyaba, Yayu, Rishi, Bursali, Boi, Tashar Babiye, under the five clinics, Bauchi, and A’isha Yuguda under the five clinics in Darazo.
The PHCDA scribe noted that the N11.5 million monthly mandatory disbursement to the agency for the purchase of drugs for under five children and pregnant women was cut down to N3 million.
Nasser attributed the cut down in the monthly release of funds for the drugs purchase to what he described as ‘inadequacies’ in the state finances, saying the agency receives a monthly release of N2 million for the supply of diesel to 26 PHC facilities in the state. He, however, explained that Governor Isa Yuguda-led administration in the state was highly focussed and committed to good governance, and fulfilment of its electoral promises through the provision of infrastructural facilities, as well as the distribution of basic amenities for the people’s well-being.