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  • Updated: March 19, 2024

Adamawa wins N6.68 billion grant on healthcare, peace initiative

Adamawa wins N6.68 billion grant on healthcare, peace initia

The Adamawa State Government has won a grant of N6.68 billion to improve healthcare delivery and peace-building initiative across eight Local Government Areas of the state.

The Executive Chairman of the Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, (Dr) Sulaiman Saidu Bashir said the grant was from the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA).

He explained that the grant which is for a period of 2 years was titled "Strengthening Basic Healthcare Services Delivery for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Returnees and Host Communities."

He explained that the grant will facilitate reconstruction and renovation of Primary Healthcare facilities, and "provide equipment and needed infrastructure, train health workers to provide skilled health care service as well as improve community action in health."

Muhammad B. Tukur, the Senior New Media aide to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri made this known in a statement on Tuesday.

According to Tukur, Bashir further appreciated Governor Fintiri for providing an enabling environment to draw partnership that will address the state needs. 

He said: "We thank the Executive Governor of Adamawa state, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for the foresight, and purposeful leadership, and for creating the enabling environment for effective partnership that mobilizes needed resources to Adamawa state."

Meanwhile the grant was signed by representatives of JICA and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday in Abuja.

The IOM Nigeria’s Chief of Mission, Laurent De Boeck said the organisation was partnering the state and local government areas to facilitate the project. 

Boeck said: “As we all know, the decades-long insurgency in the Northeast of Nigeria has forced millions to flee their homes, and left a devastating impact on economic, health and education systems.

“Adamawa State in particular has faced overwhelming challenges. Our assessments have shown that a significant number of health facilities are either partially functional or completely out of service, worsening the healthcare crisis.

"While the closure of IDP camps is a step towards normalisation, it has led to secondary displacements, adding strain to already limited resources and services.

"Through this project, we will partner with State and Local Government actors to rebuild, rehabilitate, and equip 9 health facilities in 8 Local Government Areas.  

“We are going to train staff from each unit from each of the 9 Primary Healthcare Centres, which includes, doctors, nurses, midwives, community health workers (CHEWs), JCHEWs, information/data officers and laboratory technicians."

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