By Mohammed Ahmed Kaigama
Bauchi, Feb. 20, 2019 The Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) in Bauchi State has trained 182 health personnel on effective financial health management of primary healthcare service delivery.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NSHIP is a World Bank-assisted project being implemented by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) through the state agency.
The agency is to are to provide result-based incentives especially at service delivery points, to increase the delivery, use, and quality of high impact maternal and child health interventions.
Dr Adamu Mohammed, the NSHIP State Coordinator told the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Wednesday that the project was modelling a new way of financing healthcare by paying on performance basis.
“The 182 health personnel are trained on effective health financial management; they come from primary health care facilities of Toro, Ningi, Misau and Gamawa LGAs, for effective management of funds and record keeping.”
He described the training as the most effective and enduring strategy for enhanced primary healthcare delivery in the state.
Mohammed explained that the training on financial management involved handling routine financial operations, such as making cash available for expenses such as payroll, and maintaining a cash cushion for unexpected costs and proper record keeping of healthcare facilities.
“Financial management means providing the other members of the leadership team with information to make strategic plans to prepare for the future.”
According to him, the objective of the training and the role of financial management in healthcare facilities is to manage money and risk in a way that helps to achieve the financial goals of the facilities.
“Evaluation and planning involves evaluating the financial effectiveness and overall operations of the healthcare to plan for its sustainability and future.”
He reiterated the commitment of the NSHIP project to significantly improve the of quality services in all health facilities and increase coverage of maternal and child indicators in the state.
Mohammed said the project had also significantly motivated health workers through trainings, bonus sharing and improvement in conducive environment and provision of equipment.
Edited by Angela Okisor/Nkechi Okoronkwo