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Kaduna Govt to spend N8.2bn on primary healthcare in 2022

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The Kaduna State Government is to spend N8.2 billion on primary healthcare in 2022, our correspondent reports.

This is contained in the budget of N278.6 billion signed by Gov. Nasir El-Rufai on Dec. 22 and obtained by the NAN in Kaduna on Wednesday.

The document showed that of the N8.2 billion allocated to the state Primary Health Care Development Board (PHCDB), N5.8 billion was earmarked for capital projects while N2.5 billion was for recurrent expenditure.

It also showed that N4.3 billion was earmarked for the construction, renovation and upgrading of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), 255 health clinics, reconstruction of PHCB Headquarters and consultancy services.

Also, N233.6 million was allocated for the procurement of personal protective equipment for 1,154 health facilities for the prevention of COVID-19, while N25.5 million was earmarked for preventive maintenance of equipment in 255 PHCs

A total of N954.3 million was earmarked as counterpart for various health projects, including Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.

The document further showed that N100 million would be spent on the procurement of basic tools and consumables for Community Health Influencers, Promoters Service Agents (CHIPS) and mobile outreaches.

The government also allocated N136.6 million for the provision of solar power for the second phase of 255 PHCs being upgraded.

Similarly, N52.3 million would be spent on repairs and routine maintenance of solar systems in 34 PHCs across the state.

It was reported that the N5.8 billion allocated for the PHCDB for capital projects was less than the N8.9 billion allocated in 2021.

Philip Yatai

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