World Bank lifts Kwara healthcare delivery service with N887.8m

World Bank lifts Kwara healthcare delivery service with N887.8m

In a substantial upgrade to its healthcare delivery system, Nigeria’s Kwara State has been granted N887.8 million from the World Bank.

This fund injection forms a part of the World Bank’s Immunisation Plus and Malaria Progress by Accelerating Coverage and Transforming Services (IMPACTS) project, enabling all 193 Primary Health Centers (PHCs) in the state to enhance their facilities and procure necessary equipment.

Under the IMPACTS project, each PHC was allocated N4.6 million, predicated on the development of an investment plan specific to their individual needs.

In a statement released by the Press Secretary of the agency, Alade Opeyemi, it was revealed that each Primary Health Care (PHC) facility in the state received a total of N4.6 million under the World Bank-assisted project.

These funds are earmarked for upgrading facilities and acquiring equipment to enhance basic healthcare services at the grassroots level.

The agency reported that PHCs have already initiated the execution of the IMPACTS project by implementing facility upgrades, procuring equipment, and addressing other needs outlined in their respective investment plans and need assessments.

Notable acquisitions include laboratory equipment in 193 PHCs, 30 ultrasound scan machines, 73 outreach tricycles, 186 outreach motorcycles, 186 desktop computers, and the sinking of 72 boreholes.

The statement clarified that the disbursement of funds followed the development of investment plans by each PHC in the state, considering the needs assessed before the project commenced. Kwara State qualified for the World Bank IMPACTS program due to its investments in the basic healthcare sector, meeting specific criteria and fulfilling state counterpart fund payments.

The statement highlighted Kwara State’s recognition with the National Award as the best state in primary healthcare in the central Nigeria region.

It emphasized the state’s commitment to improving public confidence in the health system.

The data presented showcased a significant increase in deliveries and antenatal attendance, with deliveries doubling in 2023 compared to 2020 and 422,631 women attending antenatal care in 2023 compared to 94,276 in 2020, based on DHIS2 platform information.

Assuring continued implementation, the statement affirmed that the World Bank IMPACTS project would run concurrently with other state interventions and initiatives like the Basic Health Care Provision Funds (BHCPF), with the overarching goal of reducing infant and maternal mortality while enhancing Primary Health Care services in Kwara State.

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