SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government in collaboration with Health Policy Plus Nigeria have launched the state first Resources for the awareness of Population impact on Development, RAPID for child spacing in the state.
The State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, while flagging off the project at the government house in Bauchi, revealed that the essence of the project is for people to apprehend the impact of population growth on health indices and health care delivery services.
He restated the commitment of his administration to improve the health sector in the state by continuous collaboration with development health partners.
According to him, his government has made remarkable achievements in the health sector which include the strengthening of the state primary healthcare services, including routine immunization and new born health services.
Mohammed Abubakar added that others include launching and distribution of 1,500 mama kits for nursing mothers, the release of N17 million monthly for procurement of essential drugs to health centres in the state, training and retraining of front line health workers for effective and quality health services and payment of 100 percent 2017 counterpart funding for routine immunization amongst others.
The Governor then commended the Health Policy Plus Nigeria for launching making Bauchi to be the first state in the northeast to launch the project, saying that his administration will support all the implementation processes of the project.
In his presentation at the occasion, the Country Director, Health Policy Plus Nigeria, Onoriode Ezire, stated that the project was a five year cooperative agreement, funded by the United State Agency for International Development.
According to him, Bauchi population is estimated to be 7.3 million in 2017, adding that with a high fertility, the total population would increase from 7.3 million to almost 18 million by 2040 and 26 million by 2050.
He explained that in 2017, there will be approximately 368,000 births in bauchi and with a high fertility; the annual number of births would increase to about 445,000 birth per year by 2050.
Onoriode Ezire said increasing birth spacing to at least two years would significantly reduce the number of infant deaths from it current level, noting that in 2017 alone, if family planning birth spacing methods were used to a least two years apart, 4,000 infant lives would have been saved in the country.
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