The Borno State Government under the National States’ Health Investment Project (NSHIP) and Performance Based Financing (PBF) scheme; has disbursed N30.8 million to three General Hospitals and health centres to improve healthcare delivery services in the state.
The NSHIP project is to finance health care delivery services in targeted hospitals and 34 health centres in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and Jere. The State’s Coordinator of Project Implementation Unit (PIU), Dr. Hyelni Mshelia disclosed this on Thursday in Maiduguri, while briefing journalists on World Bank’s assessment of participating hospitals and health centres in Borno.
“The 50 per cent disbursement of funds; are strictly based on each business plan submitted to the agency by the contracted health institutions. The release of N 30.8 million, were made after members of the National PIU and State; conducted joint assessment visits to health facilities under the World Bank assisted projects,” said Mshelia
In a breakdown of the disbursement, Mshelia said: “A total of N1.540 million was disbursed to each of the three General Hospitals, which include; State Specialists Hospital, Umaru Shehu Hospital and Molai General Hospital, while the remaining 34 health facilities collected N0.77 million each as their investment credit for the first quarter of 2017.
She said that the funding was provided under the World Bank assisted additional financing of NSHIP. “The health investment project focuses on the delivery of quality primary healthcare; so as to meet the health delivery needs of the people, particularly Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps and host communities.
“The pilot scheme, including 34 health centres, are privately owned; and three General Hospitals in the two councils will benefit from the disbursed fund.” She said that the programme would soon be extended to other council areas in the state, adding that it will address issues in the health sector.
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