MINISTER for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has called state governments to show their commitments to the health sector through provision of human and financial resources in the primary healthcare system. According to a press release yesterday from the ministry, the minister made this call during an inspection visit to the 24-hour solar-powered primary health centre at Badarawa in Kaduna State. Adewole, who called on state governments to ensure that human resources and free essential commodities were available to the people, especially women and children, added that the PHC should liaise with the NPHCDA in order to access midwives Service Scheme, MSS. According to the release, the Badarawa PHC was renovated with funding from the UK government through the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme, MNCH2, in collaboration with the Solar Nigeria Programme. Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Primary Health Care Centre, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, acknowledged that the state has received 89 midwives through the scheme. The minister thanked the UK for their belief in the President Buhari’s administration’s PHC Revitalisation Policy and commitment to improving the lives of the poorest and underprivileged people in Nigeria. He called on donors to do more, assuring them of government’s commitment to ensure that their interventions are sustainable. National Team Leader of the MNCH2 programme, Dr. Salma Anas – Kolo thanked the minister for visiting the facility and informed him that the project is one of 115 other facilities renovated with the support from UK government in Kaduna State alone. Kolo said, that Badarawa PHC offers comprehensive health services to about 30,000 people living within 9 communities in Badarawa Ward of Kaduna north LG.

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