The Department for International Development (DFID) UK has donated drugs and medical equipment worth over three hundred and ninety million naira to Kaduna State government.
While presenting the equipment in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria, the National Team Leader of DFID, Doctor Salma Anas said this year’s support included obstetrics and gynecology equipment which were critical to child and maternal healthcare in the State.
Represented by Faruk Yusuf, she explained that the Maternal New Born Child Health programme, MNCH2, is a five year country led programme funded by the UK government aimed at reducing child mortality in Northern Nigeria.
Faruk says the Agency is presently working in six Northern States recorded with high burden of maternal mortality.
“Our objective at MNCH2 is to improve health status of women and enhance child survival through a combination of demand creation, addressing supply side and strengthening health system through innovation strategies,” he stated.
Faruk said that the DFID has spent about one hundred and seventy five million naira on renovating and upgrading health care facilities.
According to him, “We have concluded seventy six round of renovations in the state, covering forty two PHCs, seventeen cold stores and sixteen LGAs medical cold stores and we are here to flag off drugs and medical equipment worth over 390 million naira.”
He however noted some few challenges to include, shortage of skilled man power in the rural areas, transfer and attrition of trained staff by the DFID, which he hopes the Governor will address to improve the health sector.
While receiving the equipment, Governor Nasiru El-Rufai implored all beneficiary health facilities to put to good and immediate use for the benefit of mothers, children and the entire people of the state.
“As regards challenges of staff transfers and attrition, we have given approval for the rapid employment of health care staff at all levels, from medical doctors down to birth attendants to ensure that we improve our ratios,” he stressed.
Governor El-Rufai expressed gratitude to DFID for the sixteen containers of equipment donated to the State and gave directives on its immediate distributions to health facilities that need them.
The six beneficiary states in Northern Nigeria include Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara respectively.