Nigeria has received £2 million from the UK government to strengthen the health workforce in the country.
The two-year project aims to support the federal government at national and sub-national levels to develop transformative strategies for scaling up the quantity and quality of health workers, including competency-based curricula development and reviews.
In a statement, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Richard Montgomery said a well skilled motivated, and adequate health workforce was critical for Nigeria to end preventable deaths and build resilience against global threats.
Dr. Montgomery said the UK provided a multi-million-pound boost to support healthcare staff recruitment and retention in three African countries; Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the new funding commitment made by the United Kingdom’s Department of Health and Social Care to support Nigeria’s health workforce in the vision of achieving Universal Health Coverage.
The Organisation’s Country Representative, Dr Walter Mulombo said the project which would draw on the technical capacity of WHO would be Implemented in six states of Cross River, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, and Lagos.
Reporting by Nancy Anikaezie; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu