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Niger Gets $6m World Bank ‘Save One Million Lives’ Fund



The World Bank  has injected  over $6 million into the “Save One Million Lives Health Programme for Results” in Niger State, the state  commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr  Mustapha Jibrin, told journalists after an

executive council meeting in Minna, yesterday.

He disclosed that the state attracted the global apex bank funding after successfully managing the resources of the state’s health sector  and the outstanding policies initiated by the administration since 2015.

According to him “The global apex bank intervention in the state followed the ability of the state to meet World Bank before awarding the funds examined certain indices before three states were selected to benefit from the funding”.

“The state was awarded with the funds after certain indices were surveyed.  Among the indices considered were the state government efforts in the establishment of primary healthcare under one roof.

“Niger State is among the few states that have established primary health centres and is also ranked second place in the country in the maintenance of primary health care centers.

“The State has also showed remarkable increase in the numbers of skilled birth attendants in the primary health centers with over 400 health workers and 100 nurses and midwives employed across the state,” the commissioner noted.

He further noted that “other indices surveyed were the state’s efforts in the control of HIV/AIDS, which is now below one percent, distribution of long lasting insecticides and treated nets for malaria, use of contraceptives and increase in the adoption of family planning.”