In a bid to tackle the seemingly intractable maternal, newborn and child mortality rate in Kwami local government area of Gombe State, the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) said it has, in collaboration with China-Africa funds, spent $1million to address the menace.
According to UNICEF, targeted beneficiaries of the project include 55,234 under five children and 13,809 pregnant women in the area from January to December 2020.
Through the project, an integrated primary health care model which can be easily scaled up and replicated, is expected to be established in the LGA.
The project is also expected to improve the health status of women and children through revitalisation of the primary health care delivery system, as well as the functionality of health facilities, outreaches and community based service in the ten wards of the LGA.
Also, 38 health workers had already been trained in the council area by UNICEF, in collaboration with the Gombe State government.
Similarly, 55 Community Health Influencers and Promoters (CHIPS) agents were also trained on Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM).
The assistant director in the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), Aminu Saleh Abubakar, who spoke to journalists in Gombe, bemoaned poor health indices in the Northeast.
Abubakar said: “We will have a well capacitated health care system; our health indices will definitely rise to a better level, and access to services will be easier.
“We will have equipment that health care service workers can work with and deliver equitable care services; enough drugs in all the facilities and essential drugs are key.
On his part, director, Primary Health Care Department of Kwami LGA, Umar Musa, noted that during the training before the end of the project, the maternal mortality rate of the LGA has greatly improved .
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