Bauchi Communities Laud USAID funded IHP Project over Improved Primary Health Care Services
By Suzan Edeh
The Integrated Health Program, a USAID funded project have been commended by inhabitants of communities in Katagum local government area of Bauchi State for improving the quality of primary health care services under it’s Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition programme/ Malaria Service.
Our correspondent reports that IHP received 47 million dollar funding from the USAID in 2019 to support Bauchi State implement health care services under a 5 years project titled “Technical support for improved Primary health care services” in selected states of Bauchi, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Sokoto and Kastina.
The communities gave the commendation while welcoming an assessment team of Journalists who visited Primary Health Care Centers of Madangala, Bidir, Makarahuta and Tatari Ali that has received the support of IHP in the areas of capacity building, health financing, documentation, supply of drugs and commodities.
At the Bidir PHC, Katagum local government, the In-charge of the health facility, Aishatu Bappa said that the facility renders health services to include Antenatal care, immunization, essential newborn care, skilled care birth, early detection of referral cases and emergency obstetric care, adding that IHP support has boosted health care services at the facility as there is a massive turn out women and children who patronize the services of the PHC.
Collaborating her claims, the Chief Nursing Officer of the facility, Maryam Sakwama said that IHP brought a lot of health interventions in the health facility, especially building their Capacities to respond effectively to handle health emergencies.
“In the area of curative services, before if any patient display symptoms of fever, we diagnosed such a patient based on the signs and symptoms of that fever without any investigation carried out, but with the intervention of IHP, we usually send the patient for RTD to diagnose the cause of the fever before giving the appropriate drugs” she said.
Also at Madangala PHC, in Katagum local government, two beneficiaries of the MNCHN services, Amina Ibrahim, a resident in Maishoni community and Aishatu Adamu, another resident of Chokel community, commended USAID IHP health intervention in the primary health center, saying that they now access medical services free of charge unlike in the past where they have to go to the major hospitals in the state to access health care.
“This USAID IHP health intervention has eased our plights as we now access health services free of charge. I particularly benefited from the Family planning and child spacing service at this facility as I have space all my pregnancies by three years and all my children are healthy” Aishatu said.