N14 billion SURE-P funds spent in NPHCDA – Muhammad

The executive director of the agency, Dr Ado Muhammad who made this known yesterday during a interactive session with health reporters said that the said amount was expended between a period of one and a half years.
According to him, the project was a success as many improvement have been witnessed since the project commenced especially in the reduction of infant and maternal mortality.
Giving an account of his two year stewardship, Ado said, ‘PHC have been renovated, boreholes sunk, supply of critical medical equipment and seed stock of essential medicines provided”.
Meanwhile Ado Muhammad also refuted reports that the agency was being investigated for corrupt practices by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
 He said, “The agency is not under probe.  Rather, we are collaborating with ICPC under the system and study review to see how we can improve primary health care delivery across the country, and ensure constituencies project started since 2006 are completed.”
He added that the ICPC had already concluded the system and study review in other ministries and now is doing the same in health.
He stated, “The ultimate objective is for Nigeria to benefit from accessible and affordable healthcare and for this to happen, physical structures have to be on ground.”
On the transmission of the wild polio virus in the country,  the NPHCDA boss said that the country has reduced polio transmission by 57 per cent as it has only recorded 50 cases as against the 121 cases this time last year, with no record of wild polio virus type 3 (wpv3).
He disclosed that the cases are restricted to Borno and Yobe  states while Borno account for 16 cases.
He said, “We are beginning to see signs of eradication. If we keep this trajectory, Nigeria will exit polio-endemic countries next year. Nigeria has made good progress on routine immunization which has been acknowledged by all stakeholders.”



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