States, FCT re­ceive N1.6bn for ma­ter­nal, child heath

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day has dis­bursed N420m to each of the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) to im­ple­ment pro­grams that will im­prove ma­ter­nal and child health through a project called “Sav­ing one Mil­lion Lives Pro­gram for Re­sults (SOML PforR) which was also launched yes­ter­day.

SOML PforR is a fed­eral gov­ern­ment-led in­ter­ven­tion to im­prove ma­ter­nal and child health through re­sults-fo­cused part­ner­ship with min­istries of health.

It is fi­nanced by a $500m In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (IDA) credit to Nige­ria over a pe­riod of four years.

The IDA is the win­dow of the World Bank which of­fers grants and low- to zero-in­ter­est loans for projects and pro­grammes that boost eco­nomic growth and im­prove stan­dard of liv­ing.

Speak­ing dur­ing the launch in Abuja, the Min­is­ter of Health, Prof. Isaac Ade­wole, said gov­ern­ment would now be­gin to count and assess the progress the state that states make on an­nual ba­sis, adding that the SOML PforR project was not aimed at re­plac­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of state gov­ern­ments in im­prov­ing the health sta­tus of their cit­i­zens, but to pro­vide an in­cen­tive and en­cour­age them to do more.

He urged state gov­ern­ments to be­gin to im­ple­ment fund dis­burse­ment based on re­sults and not the tra­di­tional method of pay­ment for just in­puts.

The lunch fea­tured the pre­sen­ta­tion of sym­bolic cheques for the ini­tial dis­burse­ment of the fund to ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

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