The joint mission team comprising of the World Bank, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA)/Nigeria States Health Investment Project (NSHIP) Project Implementation Unit, PIU, Federal Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Finance paid a courtesy visit to Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency ( GSPHCDA).
The World Bank Technical Team Lead, TTL, DR. Odutolu disclosed that their mission to Gombe state is to support the State for Additional Financing- Nigeria States Health Investment Project (AF-NSHIP) . He added that the mission is purposely to provide implementation support and guide the state on their challenges and also advocate for support to the project from community gatekeepers whom serve as an interface between the project and the beneficiaries, which are the community. He said, this will foster harmony between stakeholders.
Responding the Executive Secretary GSPHCDA represented by the Director Human Resource in respect of Alh. Muhammad Kolo Bajoga said, Gombe state started AF-NSHIP with a quality baseline of 9% in which after six months of implementation of the Performance Based Financing (PBF) approach to the health care system, Gombe has improved its quality of services in the selected PBF health facilities to 40%.
The PBF approach which is an output based approach seeks to improve the quantity and quality of healthcare service delivery through purchase of standardised healthcare services as well as incentive’s health workers for an improved maternal and childcare delivery.
The joint mission team where taken round some of the PBF Health Care facilities to see the level of improvement achieved under the AF-NSHIP/PBF project. The National Project Coordinator Hajiya Binta Ismail commended Gombe state AF-NSHIP/GSPHCDA for the achievement recorded under the AF-NSHIP program which is clearly evident from the quality and quantity improvement.