Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCT strategic health development plan 11 to gulp N162bn

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, had last week revealed that the Strategic Health Development Plan, SHDP, II is estimated to cost about N162 billion over the entire five-year period. 

Speaking at the official launch of the FCT Strategic Health Development Plan II (2018-2022), the minister hinted that, while the government will make statutory budgetary provisions available, other financing gaps will be addressed with funding by Development Partners, World Bank Assisted Programs, Private Sector and Out of Pocket expenditures by end users at the healthcare facilities. 

According to the minister who was represented at the ocassion by the Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, HHSS, Malam Adamu Bappah stated that, "in every country, the health sector is critical to social and economic development with ample evidence linking productivity to quality of healthcare.

“In the FCT, the vision to be one of the 20 best capital cities in the world by the year 2020 and mission to provide infrastructure, services and the administration for the development of a first class Federal Capital Territory comparable to the best in the world” is closely tied to the development of its human capital through the health sector. 

"Because of the strategic importance of this sector, the development of the FCT Strategic Health Development Plan II was approved in August, 2017. The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on September 5, 2018 endorsed the plan which was subsequently launched by Mr. President on January 8, 2019. 

"This administration is committed to providing effective and affordable healthcare services. Among the achievements are the commencement of health service provision from the Karu and Zuba General Hospitals, construction of thirteen Primary health care clinics, provisions of ten solar powered boreholes, upgrading and rehabilitation of nineteen primary and secondary health facilities across the six area councils.  

"The FCT continues to record giant strides in immunization especially Yellow Fever coverage (96.6%) where FCT came first amongst the six implementing states for November 2018 mass vaccination campaign", he stressed. 

He also congratulated the FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat for putting up this robust plan which will go a long way in improving healthcare services in the FCT if properly implemented. 

The Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, HHSS, Malam Adamu Bappah, who was represented by the director, administration and finance, Alh. Musa Abdulraheem, said health indicators even though improving, have remained below country targets and internationally-set benchmarks. 

This plan was developed in accordance with extant national health policies and legislation, National development agenda: Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, Vision 20:20:20 and international declarations and goals to which Nigeria is a signatory to. 

The plan has 47 strategic objectives, 208 interventions and 747 activities distributed amongst the priority areas.   The implementation of the FCT Strategic Health Development Plan II will be guided and monitored by the Monitoring and Evaluation plan which will track its progress and link inputs to intended results. 



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