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New initiative to improve health care delivery

The federal government in partnership with donor Partners have launched the Optimizing Client Centered Services Project, OPTICS, to tackle the dwindling health care service delivery in the country,

The Optimizing Client Centered Services Project, OPTICS championed by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, is to improve the quality of Antenatal Care.

In Nigeria, low Antenatal Care attendance and high dropout rates have continued to impact negatively on maternal and child health outcomes.

The Executive Director NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib , represented by the Director Communication Health Services, Dr Usman Adamu, said the project would be implemented in 3 states, Anambra, jigawa and Kebbi states, 5 LGAs per state, and 10 Primarily healthcare facilities per LGAs, totaling 150 PHCs in 15 LGAs.

The representative of traditional rulers, Emir of Juwa, HRH Alhaji Idris Musa acknowledged that the project would be beneficial to his community and pledged his support towards the success of the project.

Donor partners such as WHO, GIZ backup health and Foreign Commonwealth and Developmental Offices, FCDO also pledged to support the project in ensuring that it bridges the delay gap in accessing healthcare 

Reporting by Nancy Anikaezie;Editing by Fany Olumoye and Julian Osamoto