Honourable Commissioner Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar has signed on behalf of Adamawa state government the memorandum of understanding between Ministry of Health and UNICEF Nigeria. The MOU will support the strengthening of human resource for delivery of Maternal Newborn and child health services in the state.
In Nigeria, the neonatal mortality is 37 per 1000 live births and maternal mortality is 545 per 100, 000 live births (NDHS, 2013), but within-country analyses indicate that mortalities is significantly higher in the largely rural regions and northern regions of the country. Similarly the ratio of health workers to the population in the largely rural regions and northern regions of this country is largely low and grossly inadequate.
In his goodwill message, the Executive Chairman Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Abdullahi Dauda Belel said quality Health Work force is vital for improving access to essential health services, providing quality care and consequently improving the health status of the population.
Dr. Belel added that the challenge in the State particularly for maternal newborn and child health services include training capacity of State owned health training institutions, and the quality of their outputs, as a way forward, today the Honourable Commissioner is going to signed-in the mou to address the gaps experience by this institutions.
In her remarks, the Honourable Commissioner said research has shown a direct correlation between difficult access to health care services on one hand and worsening morbidity and preventable mortality trends on the other; development of human resource is mostly hampered by weak training capacity in terms of tutors and infrastructure therefore, supporting progression in the sector is the area of focus for the present administration and served as a common goal for every player in thehHealth sector.
“ To address this gap, the Adamawa State Ministry of Health by this mou will engaged with UNICEF to support our efforts in strengthening the development of our human resource to improve maternal newborn and child health outcomes”.
Dr.Fatima thanked UNICEF for their immense support to the state, stressing that the MOU will go a long way to strengthen the health sector of state and assured that the state will fully utilise the opportunity given to it by UNICEF to record better results.
Reading the terms of reference for the memorandum Dr Seyi Olosunde said following the extensive discussion and deliberations between unicef and Ministry of Health these collaborative way forward were AGREED upon:
That UNICEF, Nigeria will Support the strengthening of training capacity of Adamawa State School of Nursing and Midwifery through
A. the establishment of a system of continuing professional development by Supporting 10 tutors of the School to undergo further training to acquire postgraduate diploma training in education so as to improve their teaching skills for improve output of quality Human Resource for Health and thus increase the student: tutor ratio.
B. Engagement of 10 tutors on temporary basis as a short term measure to bridge gaps in adequacy of tutors in the institution for a year.
By This Agreement for “A”:
1. UNICEF, Nigeria agreed to Support SMOH with:
a. Payment of Tuition Fee for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education training of Ten Tutors currently in the employment of the Adamawa School of Nursing & Midwifery for a period of one year.
b. Provision of 40% of the tuition fees to subsidise academic registration levies, project work and incidentals.
2. The tuition fees shall be paid direct to the schools through the SMOH while the 40% of the tuition shall be by e-payment to the accounts of the tutors following presentation of letter of admission by the tutors.
3. The Government of Adamawa State shall continue to pay the emolument of these tutors throughout the period of training.
4. The Government of Adamawa state shall ensure that beneficiary return back to work at the school for a minimum of 3 years after completion of the study
By This Agreement for “B”:
1. UNICEF, Nigeria agreed to support engagement of 10 tutors on temporary basis with a monthly emolument of between Ninety Thousands (N90, 000.00) and One Hundred and Seventy thousand (N170, 000) Naira only per month per tutor base on government approved remuneration per cadre and experience
2. This support to the SMOH shall be for the period of one year
3. Payment to the tutors by UNICEF monthly shall be e-payment into each tutor’s account following provision of engagement/contract letter duly shared with UNICEF.
Speaking at the ceremony, the UNICEF representative, Dr.Halima Abdu, said the signing of the MoU will follow another grant secure by UNICEF, from EU for the continuation of this project for the year 2017 to 2020.
Th e project which started with Adamawa state government in 2013- 2017, involve capacity development for health workers,supplies and strengthening of health system coordination in 226 PHCS in 226 wards. According to her, over the years UNICEF has been partnering with Adamawa state in the areas of health, nutrition, WASH, child protection and education, both in development and humanitarian context to ensure a better livelyhood for the women and children of Adamawa .
Dr. Abdu further added that the health sector has also benefi ted from the joint European Union, UNICEF support, with over 2 million women and children reached annually, and several health care services at 226 health facilities through community services; she expressed her satisfaction with the way the state have utilised the supports given to it in previous years, and congratulate the state for coming top most in the delivery of primary health services as shown by the report of 2016 national health survey.
Earlier in his welcome address the provost of the college Mal. Abubakar Sadiq Salihu said with the support of EU-UNICEF Project the college has gained full and final accreditation of nursing program and assured full implementation of the memoranda as contained on the agreed terms of reference.
Among the personalities that grace the ceremony include: permanent secretary Dr. Garba Ahmad, Deputy permanent secretary Mrs Rhoda Zira Yohanna, Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Chairman Governing Board of the college Alh. Njidda Tukur, Medical Director Specialists hospital, Yola Dr. Bala Saidu, Directors from ministry of health, state primary health care development agency, college of nursing, and the representative of Unicef D-Field office Bauchi led by Dr. Halima Abdu.
BY: Abubakar Mohammed