By Kemi Olatunde
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu during his inaugural speech promised to provide accessible and qualitative health care and social service delivery to the people of the state just as he added that the health care delivery system currently operating in the state will be sustained and improved upon saying “we shall adopt a deliberate policy to ensure that our people have access to health care regardless of their social status. “We intend, within the available resources, to provide qualitative primary health care delivery system to the rural populace. Health care centres in the rural areas will be accessible and functional.”
In line with the above, government has continue to ensure that it does not fall short of its promise to the people through the various health programmes it has embarked on.
On Monday, not less than eight private hospitals in Ondo West Local Government got financial support of N1.5million each to improve on their facilities.
Speaking during the presentation of cheques for the new urban Performance Based Finance(PBF) of the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) under the State Primary Health Care Development Board (OSPHCDB) in Akure Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro noted that the programme which aimed at making health care available and affordable in the state would go round the Local Government in order to enable private practitioners partner effectively with government in making health care accessible to the people.
Reiterating government’s determination to improve the health sector, he hinted that a programme on health insurance for the people of the state is in the pipeline saying “all would key into it as all the necessary paper work has been put in place.”
He urged the beneficiaries to improve on their facilities so as to provide the much needed quality health care to the people and added that all should give the needed support to the present government for the actualisation of its dream.
Speaking earlier, Project Coordinator, NSHIP, Dr. Adijat Omobolanle Ige said that the project is a health care service expected to be delivered by private health facilities.
Ige who explained that the project agrees with the Primary Health Care Development Board stressed the need for the engagement of private practitioners in capturing the health system of the state.
However, she said the fund given is expected to put up basic things to kick start the project in the facilities adding that the beneficiaries had been trained in the PBF.
Also speaking, representative of the Secretary, State Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Olugbenga Fabusiwa stated that NSHIP aimed at giving the right quality of service to the people at the appropriate time.
He called on beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money.
President, Phetomaternal Medicine Specialists of Nigeria, Prof. Kuti Oluwafemi who hinted that Nigeria leads the world in maternal death expressed appreciation to NSHIP for making the programme affordable saying it would go a long way in maternal death reduction.
Midweek digest gathered that the objective of the State Health Program Investment Project for Nigeria is to increase the delivery and use of high impact maternal and child health interventions and improve quality of care at selected health facilities in the participating states.
There are two components to the project. The Results Based Financing (RBF) which aimed at strengthening service delivery and institutional performance by using two RBF approaches which are (i) Performance Based Financing (PBF) for outputs at health facilities and Local Government Area Primary Health Care (LGA PHC) Departments and (ii) Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLI) at state and LGA levels. In addition, the project will test a separate decentralized facility financing at the health facility level as an alternative to the PBF financing, whereby facilities will receive fixed output-based payments without performance-linked incentives.
The second component is Technical Assistance (TA) for strengthening of states project implementation capacity; support to federal, state, LGA and facility levels to manage and operate the RBF approach; and overall project management activities, as well as monitoring and evaluation (M and E) activities aimed at providing independent assessment of results and building national capacity for M and E.