As part of its intervention in Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system, the World Bank has earmarked $170 million as grant for Primary Health Care (PHC) pilot projects in the three states of Ondo, Adamawa and Nasarawa.
Representative of World Bank in Nigeria and head of the task team on the project, Dr. Dinesh Nair, made this disclosure in Akure, Ondo State capital, during a joint advocacy visit of the bank and the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Ado J.G Mohammed to the state.
According to Dr. Nair, since the pilot scheme of the project started, noticeable differences have been recorded in Adamawa and Nasarawa states. The grant which would be a result-based funding arrangement would be deployed in three areas of immunisation, maternal health and infant health projects while a part would be devoted to the control of communicable diseases.
He disclosed that out of the earmarked amount, $50 million would be for projects in Ondo State, stating that Ondo East Local Council had been selected for the scheme in the state although he expressed concern about the absence of adequate performance indices in the council.
The executive director of the NPHCDA, who led a team of officials of the agency on the visit, noted in his speech that with a functional primary healthcare, a large percentage of the population can be catered for.