By Ahmed Mohammed Kaigama
The Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) has extended its projects with four months in five North East states,an official said on Monday.
Dr Adamu Mohammed, the Bauchi State Project Coordinator, disclosed this on Monday in Bauchi, while presenting some handwashing equipment to the state task force committee on COVID-19.
He said the NSHIP project was supposed to end in June but was extended by four months, which is October.
“Insurgency and Coronavirus pandemic has distracted the project and health services in the North-East region, hence the need to extend the project by four months.
“The NSHIP framework provides results-based incentives, especially at service delivery points to increase the delivery, use, and quality of high impact maternal and child health interventions,” he said.
The state project coordinator said the project is donating 750 pedal torch hand washing equipment to the state task force committee for onward distribution to primary health care centres in the state.
He said the pedals hand washing equipment would be used in the PHCs to support the fight against the pandemic in the state.
Mohammed urged the committee to make effective use of the equipment in the populated areas and the intervention facilities.
Responding, the Chairman Tracking and Surveillance of the Committee, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, commended the effort of NSHIP in supporting the state to curb the dreaded pandemic.
Mohammed explained that the committee has been focusing on the infection control management to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NSHIP is a World Bank assisted project implemented by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in five states in the North East.
The states are Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.