By Ubani Newman
In his undeterred efforts to better healthcare services in Abia State, the visionary Governor of the State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu successfully implemented the ‘Save One Million Lives Programme 2018’, which is geared towards improving primary health care in the State.
Governor Ikpeazu’s ability to manage the earlier funds made available for the programme in 2018 by the World Bank has attracted additional funds from the same World Bank. This time around, Abia State won additional six hundred and sixty thousand US Dollars ($660000) only, which is approximately N237million.
The cheque bearing the amount was presented to the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu by the Honourable Minister of Budget and Planning, Senator Udo Udoma on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at an impressive ceremony in Aso Rock Villa Banquet Hall on Tuesday, 8th January, 2019. The ceremony was also used to roll out the Basic Health Provision Fund (BHCPF) of which Abia State is one of the 3 key pilot States in Nigeria. The Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu received the cheque from the State Ministry of Health leadership at The Abia State Lodge in Abuja today.
There is no doubt that attracting these additional funds will certainly boost healthcare delivery in Abia State. This is true because of the interest and burning desire of Dr. Ikpeazu to make Abia better.