In a bid to improve grass root healthcare in Africa; African Development Bank (AFDB) met with Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency Director General, Dr. Betta Edu to discuss Healthcare researches, resources and development as well as policy making in Abidjan, Capital of Côte d’Ivoire.
It was a long session that lasted for Hours as the meeting covered discussions on government policies, institutions and mechanisms that can help unlock the transformative potential of African economy and healthcare provisions, therefore contributing to the building of resilient societies in the continent.
Speaking, the Vice President of African Development Bank, Jennifer Blanke noted that Healthcare provision remain an important factor that need urgent intervention by AFDB. She said the organisation will work with the Nigeria team to offer support to States.
According to her, “The bank has been providing healthcare support but through the Federal Government and will start supporting States directly to reduce the bureaucratic gaps that may have existed”.
Also Speaking, Dr Betta Edu said the grant which is at the range of $300,000- 500,000 does not cover infrastructural development but will support Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Adolescent Nutrition and Healthcare Finance.
She said, “We also have project preparatory grant which Cross River State can benefit through Ayadeacare and Calapharms as it will allow us to know our focus and how we want to be finance”.
Dr. Edu was very optimistic about getting the grant for Cross River State even though she noted the process to access the grant was very competitive.
Other meetings held at Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire included the World HIV congress and Paper Health information system in child/PRIMARY HEALTH which had in attendance former Commissioner for Health, Prof Angela Oyo-Ita.
Betta Edu also presented several papers on Primary Healthcare at the event.