The Nigeria State Health Investment Project (N-SHIP) has scaled up healthcare service delivery in 101 facilities across eight local government areas of Taraba in the last one year.
Dr Ubanus Ezekiel, the N-SHIP Coordinator in the state, disclosed this at the opening of a five-day scale up training on Performance Based Financing (PBF) for healthcare facilitators from Karim Lamido and Bali Local Government Areas in Jalingo.
He said that the facilities, comprising nine General Hospitals and 92 PHCs, had been upgraded, renovated and provided with adequate manpower and drugs to effectively deliver quality services to the communities.
Ezekiel explained that the benefitting local government areas are Ardo-Kola, Sardauna, Takum, Wukari, Jalingo, Gassol, Bali and Karim Lamido.
He identified resistance to changing old ways and lack of prudence in managing resources by healthcare workers as the major challenges of the project in the state.
“We are forced to suspend funding in about seven facilities across five LGAs of the state for lack of prudence in managing resources in recent months,” he said.
Alhaji Aminu Hassan, the Executive Secretary of Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency, explained that the N-SHIP project, being piloted and implemented in Adamawa, Ondo, Nasarawa and Taraba states, had been very successful in improving service delivery in the pilot areas by more than 80 per cent in the last one year.
“We have been able to overcome the out of stock syndrome and have drastically reduced disease morbidity and mortality in the eight pilot local government areas,” he said.
Aminu observed that the one healthcare per ward concept was also being achieved in the state gradually.