Borno State has won the first Primary Healthcare Leadership Award at the national and regional levels for the year 2022 as a result of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum’s performance in the delivery of primary healthcare.
With the victory, Borno was eligible to receive two prizes: $500,000 for winning the northeast zonal champion award and $700,000. One hundred twenty thousand dollars ($1.2m) was the total value of the awards.
On Wednesday, the presentation was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The Nigerian Governors Forum, in partnership with UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Aliko Dangote Foundation, and the National Healthcare Development Agency, created the Primary Healthcare Leadership Award, which was presented for the first time.
According to the organizers, the award aims at recognizing and rewarding states that have made significant progress in the delivery of primary healthcare services.
“The competition is open to all states in the country with winners selected based on a set of criteria that include leadership and governance, service delivery, human resources for health, logistics support for healthcare providers and monitoring and evaluation components.”
Governor Zulum thanked the event’s organizers for the distinction and said he hoped the award would motivate his administration to continue placing a high priority on healthcare delivery so that every person would have access to high-quality, reasonably priced healthcare services.
Over 200 healthcare facilities have been built or rebuilt by the Zulum administration throughout Borno’s 27 local government areas, and close to 1,000 medical professionals—including doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, and lab technicians—have been hired and assigned to work in healthcare facilities.
The managing director of the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou, the executive director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, and Cristian Munduate, UNICEF’s country representative in Nigeria, all urged participants to work harder to address issues with the Nigerian primary healthcare system.
They noted a lack of resources in terms of personnel, infrastructure, and nutrition, particularly for children in remote areas.
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