FG to revamp Primary Health Centres with $500m loan

The Global Financing Facility, GFF, through the World Bank has set aside the sum of $40 million fund to tackle the scourge maternal, infant mortality, boost the health sector and enable that every citizen has access to quality health care in Nigeria.
Co-Chair Nigeria Global Financing Facility, Country platform, Dr. Akin Oyemakinde disclosed this at the Maiden Quarterly Interactive Forum for Effective Civil Societies, CSOs Engagement in Global Financing Facility, GFF, in Nigeria meeting with the Minister of Health which held in Abuja yesterday.
Oyemakinde who explained how the fund would be utilized said that the GFF Secretariat at the World Bank headquarters has set aside $20 million for prioritization of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health plus Nutrition, RMNCAH+N activity for the North East region of the country and another $20 million set aside for the proof of concept in three pilot states namely Abia, Osun and Niger.
The Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole who was represented by Dr. Akin Oyemakinde said that the meeting is an opportunity to open up activities of the ministry to CSOs and encourage accountability.
During a presentation on Updates of Nigeria’s participation on the GFF, Dr Olumide Okunola, World Bank, Senior Health Specialist said that Nigeria will get the $40 million grant as a drive for other donor, adding that Nigeria still has the highest rate of infant mortality rate in the world.
Dr Aminu Magashi Garba, Civil Society representing GFF Investors Group said that the meeting is a platform to unlock the Federal Ministry of Health, FMOH.
Magashi said, ‘’we are unlocking the FMOH today and the hastag #OpenFMOH is being launched today, adding that after the meeting Nigeria would be the first country to do a physical consultation while other countries are doing so online.
In a welcome address, Dr. Chizoba Nwamnodi, Health Sector Coalition Forum said that the maiden meeting is a quarterly date with the Minster of Health to share ideas and talks from the communities with him in order to achieve the objectives of meeting the health needs of all Nigerians.
Dr Emmanuel Abanida, Executive Secretary Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria said that the objectives of the quarterly meeting is to share common understanding of GFF through its impacts on RMNCAH+N as a vehicle for achieving the Universal Health Coverage and SDGs among other things.
The health sector CSOs meeting with the minister is coming from the Stakeholders meeting in Malaysia where it was agreed that a quarterly meeting be held by government and CSOs with the aim of coordinating efforts at improving healthcare for all Nigerians.

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