Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved immediate payment of N232 million in counterpart funding to deepen access to primary health care, health insurance and nutrition for under-three children in the state.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Rafiu Ajakaye said this in the statement on Tuesday in Ilorin.
According to him, N100 million of the amount will go for counterpart funds for Basic Health care Provision Funds (BHPV); N50 million for Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRIN); and N82 million to access global grants for malaria.
“Access to such funds will help combat maternal mortality rate and other basic health challenges related to women and children.
“Apart from this, the funds will help to fix facilities for primary health care and reduce the pressure on secondary and tertiary health institutions,” Ajakaye added.
He also said the counterpart funds for ANRIN would grant Kwara access to donor funds to boost nutrition needs of children in what is a practical step to end the menace of stunting and wasting among young children.
“Experts have decried malnutrition rate among children in the North Central, where Kwara falls.
“These children are so key to the bright future that this Governor envisions for Kwara.
“It is important to urgently key into any initiative that would boost their nutrition and give them a brighter chance at life,” he said.
According to the CPS, the N82 million counterparts funding for malaria is to ensure that Kwara also benefits from Global Funds set aside by donor agencies to combat malaria.
Edited by Donald Ugwu