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China, UNICEF collaboration supports maternal health in Gombe

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The Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency has taken delivery of hospital equipment for facilities in Kwami Local Government Area to improve maternal newborn and child health.

Apart from the hospital equipment, some pregnant women were also provided with free delivery kits as they await their delivery.

According to the Gombe State Commissioner of Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, during the handover event, the medical equipment were procured under the China grant for strengthening primary health Care services in Kwami Local Government Area of the State.

He said UNICEF and China International Center For Economic And Technology Exchange signed a South-South cooperation assistance fund implementation agreement for initiating the maternal newborn and child health project in eight African countries including Nigeria.

The Commissioner for Health also hailed Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for prioritizing the health sector adding that the sector is now attracting investment into the state.

While appreciating the Chinese Government and UNICEF, the Commissioner appealed for more support.

Earlier, UNICEF chief of field operations, Opiyo Nixon, said Kwami in Gombe state is the only local government area selected in the country to deliver maternal newborn and child health care adding that their goal is to ensure that no mother or child die from preventable diseases.

He promised that UNICEF will sustain the services for the betterment of society.

In his remark, the executive secretary, GPHCDA, Dr Abdurrahman Shua’ibu, said the project was implemented through arrangements between China, UNICEF, and the Gombe state government.

He explained that the project has provided a platform to develop and test a model for sustainable delivery of an improved PHC at the facility and community level, which can be replicated across the whole country.

The Senior District Head of Kwami, Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi, appreciated the Chinese government, UNICEF and Gombe state Government for choosing Kwami to become the pilot Local government not only in the state but the entire country.

The medical equipment presented are 10 pieces each of Labour & delivery beds, mattresses, emergency trolley, hospital beds, bed screens, double hook Chairs, and 20 infusion stands among others.

In Nigeria, only Kwami local government Area was selected with the aim of improving access to health facilities and essential medicines for newborns and pregnant women. NNL.

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