The Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BOSPHCDA) in collaboration with Nigeria State Health Investment Project (AF-NSHIP), a World Bank assisted project has embarked on training for facility managers and finance clerks from 101 contracted health facilities and General Hospitals in 10 local government areas of the state.
The training was in line with World Bank/Nigerian government policies towards implementing AF-NSHIP and Performance Based Financing (PBF) to ensure judicious and transparent use of investment credits and subsidies which are disbursed quarterly to improve and strengthen quality and quantity of healthcare services in the state.
Declaring the workshop open in Gombe state Monday, the Executive Director of BOSPHCDA, Dr. Sule Meleh, who was represented by the Project Coordinator, Hajiya Habiba Saidu, said the training which is in two batches starts with Six local government areas of Biu, Shani, Hawul, Askira-Uba, Kwaya Kusar and Bayo in Southern Borno, while Maiduguri metropolitan councils of Jere, Magumeri and Kaga which are from Borno Central and North would have their own in a later date.
Saidu said the training became necessary, in view of World Bank’s financial management of funds disbursed and government’s commitment to instil zero- tolerance on corruption and mismanagement of the funds.
Mrs Saidu however noted that, with support from National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the commitment of Governor Kashim Shettima in addressing health challenges, efforts have been put in place to scale up the projects to all the 27 local government areas across the state as the security situation improves.
She also advised participants to take advantage of the training.
She said: “I urge you to take this training seriously, as the World Bank is not giving us these monies freely, but it is a loan which must be paid back in near future.
“This particular training is aimed at ensuring accountability, transparency and free from corruption in the day to day running of Health care services in our contracted facilities,”Habiba said.