Akeredolu seeks World Bank’s support for the health sector in Ondo State

Akure, March 22, 2017 (TNE):Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Wednesday solicited the continuous assistance  of the World Bank in boosting the health of people in the state.
Akeredolu made the appeal when he received a delegation of the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) in Akure.
The World Bank, since  2011, has been partnering with NSHIP  in boosting  primary healthcare services in the country, the Nigerian Expression reports.
Akeredolu, who commended the bank for its support to the country’s health sector, said his administration was determined to forge a partnership with the global financial institution.
“We are particularly appreciative of your efforts so far and we look forward to working with you to bring health to the doorsteps  of our people who bear witness to the benefits of your service.
“You have made very serious impact on our health growth in this state and you deserve to be praised.
“We are also impressed with your tactics of bonuses based on output which has worked, and can also work if we adopt it in a few other areas,” he said.
Akeredolu also said that in spite of paucity of funds, attention would be given to the health sector.
Dr Olalekan Olubajo, the leader of the delegation and National Project Coordinator of NSHIP, had earlier  said the initiative  had covered the 18 local government areas in the state.
He said  the project,  which started in Nasarawa, Adamawa and Ondo, had  enhanced  primary healthcare delivery through  innovative approaches which  reward  results.
“The essence is focusing on improving maternal and child health indices and also strengthening  institutions,  especially  in  states and local governments.
“What this project has achieved is to boost delivery of primary healthcare services in states which stand to gain about $500,000 while each local government stands to gain about $50,000,” he said.
Dr Oluwole Odutolu, the World Bank Team Leader  and Senior Health Specialist, said the World Bank was committed  to eradicating  extreme poverty by 2030.
He said the bank, through  different instruments such as the  international development association,  had been giving  credit to developing countries.
“The World Bank portfolio in Nigeria is about $8 billion and we come on an annual basis to look at what states are able to achieve.
“As team leader, this project has moved in the right direction and has achieved the goals for which it was set up,” he said.(TNE)
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