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FCTA, USAID partner to improve FCT Primary Healthcare systems

Sept, 2021 | By Austine Elemue | ||

Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has inaugurated the FCTA/USAID steering committee as part of measures to revitalize FCT healthcare systems to deliver quality, affordable and sustainable preventive healthcare services to residents of the territory.

At the inauguration, the Minister of State said that the steering committee was a follow up to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on December 17, 2020, to support the revitalization of FCT healthcare systems. Aliyu noted that the MoU seeks to address weak healthcare systems especially the Primary Health Care (PHC) performances and the root causes of poorly functioning health systems in the Federal Capital Territory.

She stressed that through this partnership, the FCT Administration would improve the capacity of the FCTA to plan, allocate and manage resources as demonstrated by increased budgetary allocation for PHC, and increased expenditure for Primary Health Care. Other milestones that could be achieved through this partnership include the increase of coverage of FCT's minimum benefit package for PHC to 20 percent of the residents of the FCT in 2020, 30 percent in 2021, 40 percent in 2022, 50 percent in 2023, 60 percent in 2024.

To drive the operationalization of the signed MoU, the Minister charged the committee to serve as an avenue to promote transparency, the use of data for decision-making and problem solving, adding that the committee would engage other stakeholders such as members of the Senate and House of Representatives as required. On her part, the Mission Director USAID, Anne Peterson, who joined the inauguration virtually identified the primary healthcare services as the foundation of strengthening universal health coverage.

She noted that USAID recognized the important roles healthcare systems play in guaranteeing universal access to health services and improving the health outcome, while expressing the hope that this new steering committee would provide a road map in guiding primary healthcare partnership. "USAID is committed to partnering with FCT Administration to improve primary healthcare services by creating and strengthening systems that will improve and assist our primary healthcare in equitable distribution of resources", she stated.

Members of the committee included the FCT Minister of State, as chairman, Mission Director, USAID, co-chairperson, FCTA Permanent Secretary, Secretary Health and Human Services Secretariat, Executive Secretary, FCT PHCB, Director, HPRS, Director, FCT Health Insurance, Director, Treasury, and Deputy Director Health Financing Equity and Investment as Secretary of the Committee.

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