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Benue State Government Secures ₦1.7bn To Address Rural Child Health

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, resolved to sustain the life-saving treatment of children under five years in remote communities in the state and promised to scale-up front-line support to more kids above the over 340, 000 already reached by Christian Aid Nigeria.

Towards this end, the state government led by Ortom said it had secured N1.7bn from the Federal Government through the State Health Insurance Agency, after contributing N100m counterpart fund to support rural child health in the state.

The Governor and top state health officials made this known during the official close-out/dissemination event of a child health intervention programme implemented by the Christian Aid Nigeria in partnership with the state government, the Federal Ministry of Health and two local partners, Ohonyeta Care Givers and Jireh Doo Foundation.

The project had employed an integrated Community Case Management approach, providing free life-saving treatment to under-five children in hard-to-reach communities using volunteers known as Community Oriented Resource Persons.

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