By Haruna Mohammed Bauchi
The United States Agency for International Development, (USAID), has handed over training materials worth over N500 Million to the Bauchi and Sokoto State Governments to improve the clinical competencies of primary health care workers in delivering reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition and malaria services.
Paul McDermott, USAID Health, Population and Nutrition Office Director at a virtual event in Bauchi, presented the training materials to the Commissioners of Health, for Bauchi and Sokoto States, Dr Aliyu Maigoro Mohammed and Dr Mohammed AliInname respectively.
The event was attended by senior government officials from Bauchi and Sokoto States.
During the presentation, Paul McDermott, USAID’s Health, Population and Nutrition Office Director stated at the handover ceremony that, at the centre of the United State Government commitment to supporting Nigeria strengthen its health system at the primary care level, is the need for availability of highly trained and motivated front line health workforce.
He added that to sustain this, the state governments will need to equitable provide qualified health workers.
The material and equipment which includes training manuals, job aids, anatomical models and training equipment and supplies are to be used for health facility-based clinical skills training for primary health care workers to support continuous learning in a total of 361 primary Health Care (PHC) facilities across 26 local government Health Authorities in Bauchi and Sokoto states.
The director said the partnership with the government of Nigeria, the US government through the USAID Integrated Health program (IHP) aims at strengthening states’ capacities to deliver a sustainable continuum of quality reproductive health/family planning, maternal and neonatal health, nutrition and malaria services to reduce mother and child death.