By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State disclosed that the sum of N17 million released to the State Drug Revolving Scheme to sustain the procurement of essential drugs has led to a turnover of over 80 million naira in less than two years.
He was speaking while launching the first state Resources for the Awareness of Impact of Population on Development (RAPID) Wednesday in Bauchi.
According to him, the project will help Bauchi have better understanding of the impact of population growth on the state health indices in particular and healthcare delivery services.
Abubakar recalled that since the inauguration of his administration in 2015, the state had witnessed tremendous achievements in the health sector, which include allocation of 16 % of its total budget to the health sector and articulation of its health care manifesto in a five point health agenda.
The governor explained that the five points gives direction to all interventions in improving access to healthcare services and reducing infant and maternal mortality in the state.
He said that his administration’s five point health agenda include among other things, strengthening primary healthcare including routine immunization and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services, with free maternal and under five healthcare services.
Others, he enumerated, are continuous sponsorship of the maternal, neonatal and child health week to provide free essential healthcare services at the grassroots, and full implementation of primary healthcare under one roof.
“With the implementation of primary healthcare under one roof, the agency now controls all personnel issues such as recruitment, promotion, discipline, training and retirement”, Governor said.
Enumeratin the achievements of his administration in health sector, Abubakar listed access to quality life and cost effective essential and life-saving drugs, including consumables and laboratory services as well as the provision of essential hospital items and commodities through provision of medical equipment to 10 general hospitals.
“From June 2015, the administration has constructed 19 primary healthcare centres complete with accommodation and solar-powered boreholes, primary healthcare facilities, and conducted free gynecological cancer screening campaign for over 1,100 women and free treatment to those found with pathology”.
He said that the government ensured the motivation, retention and retraining of frontline health workers for effective and quality health service delivery, and completed the accreditation processes of nurses and midwives in State College of Nursing and Midwifery which commenced academic activities this year.