The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched Save One Million Lives (SOML) programme. SOML Program for Results (PforR) is a Federal Government of Nigeria maternal and child health program, supported by the World Bank to provides incentives based on achievement of results (health outcomes) and helps to drive institutional processes needed to achieve these results. The Program, which seeks to catalyze change in the way health business is done by focusing on results and governance will be financed by a US$500million International Development Association (IDA) credit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria over a period of 4 years.
Federal Government commenced the disbursement of the fund to the states at the ground breaking ceremony organised by Federal Ministry of Health and national primary health care development agency in Abuja..
Hon. Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, who performed the disbursement of the $ 1,500,000 million us Dollar cheques to states ministries of health in Abuja stressed that states were the greatest beneficiaries of the programme, receiving up to 82 percent of the total credit sum as incentive for improved performance under the various disbursements like indicators (DLIs).
States get rewarded for improvements in performance from their own baseline. States in each geopolitical zone are also ranked according to their performances and the best performing state ‘zonal champion’ received an additional bonus.
Also, the best performing state in the country’s ‘national champion’ received an additional performance bonus. Any state that does not attain improvement at the end of year will not receive any funds he said
The minister also explained that Saving one Million Lives Program for Results aims to deliver high impact, evidence based, and cost effective health interventions based on 6 pillars, the pillars are
1. Maternal, Newborn and Child health
2. Childhood essential medicines and increasing treatment of important diseases
3. Improved child nutrition
4. Improved Immunization
5. Malaria control and
6. Elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV.
The minister said, “Our country accounts for an estimated 14 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide with a maternal mortality of 128 per 1000 live births. The current administration is resolute to reverse these shameful national health indices by promoting innovative mechanisms that will promote equitable and qualitative healthcare.”
The vision of President Mohammadu Buhari administration in health sector is to reduce maternal mortality ratio to less than 100 per 100,000 lives births; reduce infant mortality rate to less than 10 per 1000 live births and child mortality rate to less than 25 per 1000 live births by 2020. I am confident that these are realistic targets,” Adewole stressed.
Despite the progress in some of the key health status indicators, he admitted that the pace of improvement was insufficient and poses a major developmental challenge.
Adamawa state Ministry of Health was represented by Hon. Commissioner Dr. Fatima Atiku Abubakar, permanent secretary Mrs Yinasimna Anjili, Director Health planning Pharmacy Mansur Suleiman, Executive Chairman Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Abdullahi Dauda Belel was represented by NSHIP Coordinator Dr. Paul Margwa, and Programme Desk officer Mohammed Bello Hamman.
BY : Abubakar Mohammed