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Healthcare: Kogi emerges best state in World Bank’s ANRiN project



Healthcare: Kogi emerges best state in World Bank’s ANRiN project
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Kogi has emerged Best Performing State in the World Bank-supported Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRiN) project.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Zakari Usman, told newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja, that Kogi outshined 10 other states assessed for the project’s Community-Based Nutrition Service Delivery.

Usman said the state government received the Certificate of Achievement as Best Performing State: Community-Based Nutrition Service Delivery (NSA Performance +DLI) at the sixth ANRIN Implementation Support event, held in Abuja.

According to him, the ANRiN project, supported by the World Bank, is a priority health-care project, aimed at increasing the utilisation of quality, cost-effective nutrition services for pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls and children to reduce illnesses and enhance their overall wellbeing.

”Eleven states, including Kogi, Abia, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Plateau, and Katsina were assessed.

”The drivers of the project, who are non-state actors, were recruited through the World Bank’s procurement processes.

”The participating states, through the provision of basic health needs, including deworming for children (12-59 months), IFA supplementation for pregnant women, malaria care for pregnant women, among others, will be able to reduce infant and maternal mortality drastically,” he said.

The commissioner said owing to the high performance in giving basic nutrition services to women and children, the nutrition indices of Kogi women and children, were expected to increase greatly while illnesses would reduce drastically.

According to him, Kogi’s Gross Domestic Product will also increase with increase in functional population and reduction of maternal and infant mortality, among others.

Usman explained that the project had been actively carried out in Kogi for five years, adding that the state was able to achieve the first position because of the commitment of Gov. Yahaya Bello to the project and to the revitalisation of the health sector in general.

“Bello, paid the commitment fund, every year, up to date.

”There was effective sensitisation of beneficiaries, diligent supervision and monitoring by the PIU, Community ownership of the project by Kogi people and excellent managerial ability by the ministry.

“The implication of this feat on the health sector of Kogi is that the nutrition indices of the state’s women and children will increase greatly.


”Illnesses will be reduced and it will also cause increased GDP and functional population. There will also be reduced maternal and infant mortality among other positive results,” he said.

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