Gombe inaugurates committees to save one million lives

Rebecca Mu'azu, Gombe

The Gombe State government and the Save the Children International have inaugurated two committees on Saving One Million lives Programme for Results, SOML-P for R, aimed at improving the lives of mothers and children.

The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, speaking during the inauguration ceremony in Gombe said the committees were the state steering committee on the operationalization of the national health act and the other on Saving One Million lives Programme for Results.

“The Programme would bring change in the way health business is done by focusing on result and governance,” Dr. Ishaya said.

The Gombe State Commissioner of Health said the programme was being funded from a World Bank credit of 140 billion Naira, negotiated by the Federal Government from which 1. 5 million dollars had been disbursed to states and the Federal Capital Territory to drive the delivery of the programme and enable states address legacy issues.

He said the programme was expected to deliver high impact, evidence-based and cost effective health interventions based on six pillars of Maternal-Newborn and Child Health, Childhood Essential Medicines and Increase Treatment of Important Childhood Diseases, Improve Child Nutrition, Immunisation Malaria Control and the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.

He said the initiative was not new, but that it would give a new lease of life to the National Strategic Health Development Plan and the State Strategic Health Development Plans through innovative financing mechanism.

In the meantime, the field Manager Save the Children, Ms. Altine Lewi, urged stakeholders to imbibe the culture of performance-based programming so that results could be achieved within a short time.

Omolayo.A