KADUNA 255 PHC REHAB: GIWAC, OTHERS TO ENGAGE A CONSULTANT TO ENSURE TIMELY COMPLETION

The Global Initiative for Women and Children (GIWAC), a subgrantee of the PAS project, says CSOs in Kaduna state will engage the Consultant hired by the state government to survey the new 255 health facilities to be rehabilitated or reconstructed in the state to ensure transparency and quality.

In 2018 and 2019, the 255 PHCs were given for rehabilitation by the state government, but only less than half were actually completed leaving most inaccessible for essential health services across the 27 councils of the state

The consultant report submitted to the state government, using the NPHCDAs design to determine the works to be done, has identified new approaches to be used in the new rehabilitation phase. These include the following: –

  • All works will be supervised by both Ministry of Works and the state Ministry of Health.
  • 45 PHCs and Health Centres are selected to be awarded week beginning 8/3/2021.
  • Two amongst them will be proto-type (one PHC and one HC) to be sited at Dan Bushiya in Kujama Ward of Chikun LG and one at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru LGA, respectively.
  • The two PHCs and HC are to serve as a model for all PHCs to be rehabilitated or constructed.
  • Most of the 45 PHCs and HCs are selected in the hard-to-reach areas and are expected to be completed before the commencement of the rainy season.
  • Some wards in an LG may be having more than 1 PHC given their size and population, like Rigasa in Igabi LGA.
  • Award letters to the contractors will be issued beginning 8/3/2021.
  • The rehabilitation work will be executed in batches.
  • CSOs will make an effort to meet with the consultant for the details and continuous updates.

“All these commitments are provided to ensure the rehabilitation is smoothly done within a timeframe, and GIWAC-PAS and other CSOs will follow up to ensure it is done,” Aminu Babangida, the Project director, said.

He added that CSOs in the state would continue to follow up with the Consultant and relevant agencies to ensure this project is completed within the stipulated time frame to ensure essential health services in all the PHCs continue to be served, including services for FP, RI, CKD.

Meanwhile, all supportive supervision on facilities is now weekly in the state. The state government announced that supportive supervision to health facilities would be conducted as follows:-

  • Quarterly state supportive supervision.
  • Monthly LGA Team supportive supervision.
  • Weekly Ward Focal Person supportive supervision.