Health Care Takes A New Turn In Taraba

Health Care Takes A New Turn In Taraba


Taraba state to partner with the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) on improved health care delivery.
The state government has entered into a pact with the NSHIP to make available more hospitals in the health sector to improve Primary Health Care across the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Innocent Vakkai, while speaking at the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Jalingo, explained that the addition of more LGAs under the health project would avail rural dwellers the opportunity to access health care services at little or no cost.
He said, “In time past, primary health facilities in the state used to be in bad shape and could hardly offer services, but with the coming of NSHIP, the programme has improved both health care delivery and infrastructural development of our primary health care facilities in benefiting local government areas.” According to him,
“Taraba state is now the13th out of the 36 states in terms of improved primary health care delivery going by the recent assessment and I want to thank Governor Darius Ishaku for his prompt payment of counterpart funds for the take-off of the project in the state,” he said.
The Project Coordinator, Mr. Ubanus Ezekiel noted that the addition of more LGAs after ArdoKola, Takum and Jalingo which has been under the catchment area of NSHIP shows the seriousness of the state government to take effective healthcare delivery to the grassroots.
According to him, “the health project started with a pilot scheme at Ardo Kola and was later scaled up to Takum and Jalingo local government areas. The addition of more local government areas to the programme means more people in rural areas would have access to quality health care services.”
On his part, the National Focal Person of Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mr. Yohana Markus pledged the support of the agency to ensure the success of the project in the state. Governor Ishaku has left no stone unturned in the development of the health sector to consolidate his Rescue Agenda in the state.

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