Here’s what you need to know about Nigeria’s #YesCHIPS program launched today by President Buhari
This afternoon, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) programme in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
According to the Executive Director and Chief Executive, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the overall aim of CHIPS Programme is to improve access and equitable coverage to essential health services, especially those relating to maternal, new born and child survival.
Other objectives include addressing barriers to demand for PHC services, ensure supply of integrated PHC interventions, linking the health workforce at health centres in rural and underserved communities to the households and tackling delays in decision to seek care, reaching care and receiving adequate healthcare.
CHIPS is a critical component of the Primary Health Care Revitalization initiative that aims to address the challenges of health’s human resources in the rural areas. The official flag off ceremony is part of events that the president is participating in while on an official working day visit of the President to Nasarawa State.
Nigeria’s president had previously called for attention to be given to ensuring that Nigerians in rural areas are able to access good healthcare.
“We shall focus more on the People living in the rural areas and the vulnerable Population in our society such as women, children 5 years of age and the elderly in collaboration with national and international Partners,” the president said at the official launch of Primary Healthcare revitalization at the Kuchigoro Primary Healthcare model centre in Abuja.