CHIPS Initiative Records 50% Increase Women Attends ACN-NPHCDA
…as Minister of Health, Women Affair others bags CHIPS Champion honour.
Executives Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaibu has said that the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services CHIPS initiative launched last year by the President Muhammadu Buhari in Nasarawa State to boost health service delivery of every has recorded a 50% increase in women’s Anti-Natal care participation in the country.
Also, over 3,000 children and 4,000 pregnant women have been visited by the CHIPS officers, While there is 17.2% increase in measles indices as there were great there is a 23% increase in family planning.
He stated this on Monday in Abuja at the first annual review of the CHIPS initiatives that has indeed ameliorated the suffering of Nigerian at the community level.
According to him, the CHIPS is one of the initiatives of Buhari’s administration and a critical component of Primary Health Care (PHC) Revitalization programme, particularly in addressing challenges of human resources for health in the country.
“The essential of health services include maternal, newborn and child survival, as well as addressing barriers to demand primary health care services and ensuring the supply of integrated PHC interventions.
“Today, the CHIPS initiates is a game changer in Nigeria’s Health sector, we have already seen more than 50% increase in the number of women who attend Anti Natal Care ANC that is massive, that give a lot of confidence that we are on d right track it was a giant step toward strengthening primary health care for community health progress.
“As we rolled out CHIPS programme in all the state by the end of this year, it will be a boost to improve Nigeria’s health indices.
On his own, Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole who was represented by the Director of Public Health Dr Evelyn Ngige said the government has prioritized the primary health care revitalization, to ensure availability of functional primary health care per ward and would not relent in his effort to ensure that every Nigerian have asses to effective and efficient health care system in the country.
Giving an overview of the programme in Nassarawa, the Project Coordinator, Dr Nana Abubarkar said that the programme has indeed contributed to the reduction of maternal and child indices in Nigeria.
“In Nassarawa alone, over 3000 children, over 4000 pregnant women have been visited by the CHIPS officers, While there is 17.2 increase in measles indices as there were great there is 23% increase in family planning.
She, however, sought for the commitment of all stakeholders to ensure health is delivered to every community in Nigeria and reduction of maternal and child indices in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health Prof Isaac Adewole, Minister of Women Affairs Hajia Aisha Abubarkar and two other prominent people who have contributed to the growth of the health sector in the country were honoured with CHIPS award.