By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia.
The Nasarawa State Government, said modalities have been put in place towards mainstreaming the Nigeria States Health Investment Project (NSHIP) currently being piloted in the State.
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, made this known when he received at the World Bank team on mid-term review assessment exercise, at Government House, Lafia.
The Governor disclosed that he has penultimate week issued an executive order aimed at exploring measures towards seeking legal frame work and through legislation to domesticate the NSHIP project into the mainstream of the State health centre development agency.
A press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Musa Elayo and made available the press, Al-Makura assured World Bank team that when such measures are put in place, it would ensure the sustenance of the project even when his tenure elapsed.
He also reiterated his administration commitment towards expanding the scope of NSHIP projects in thestate, through deepening collaboration in the area of manpower development in order to surmount the deficit in the over 700 primary healthcare centres.
According to the statement, the Governor however expressed his administration resolve to seek the approval of relevant agencies towards increasing the number of intakes in the schools of nursing and health technology to improve service delivery.
Earlier, the World Bank team leader, Dr. Benjamin Loevinson, told the governor that they were a mid-term impact review assessment of NSHIP projects, in which Nasarawa is one of the pilots State.
According to him, their visits to Primary Health Care facilities has revealed that Nasarawa has recorded tremendous improvement in services provided in PHC’s and has graduated from D grade to B grade since the project took off in the State, some years back.