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