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Kwara hires 200 community health workers to address rural health challenges

The Kwara State Government has engaged 200 Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) aimed at expanding access to primary healthcare for underserved populations in the state.

Equipped with bags containing malaria drugs, iodine, paracetamol and a uniform jacket, the trained health workers are expected to administer primary health care services among the population.

Speaking at the launch of the CHIPS program in Ilorin on Thursday, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said his administration was committed to providing quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to people in Kwara State.

“Community workers are those who will play the desired role of mobilizers, influencers and promoters of positive health behaviors, while also providing basic services in their respective communities, ultimately linking communities to health care facility services. primary health. The role of community health workers residing in the community in achieving this goal cannot be overstated,” he said.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq said the aim of the program was also to create awareness and stimulate demand for primary health care services by the community.

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“We will therefore join other states in the country where a comprehensive link has been established between primary health and various health programs to leverage existing structures for the implementation of essential interventions for the achievement of common objectives. .

“While we are reporting CHIPS here, ‘Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention’ is also underway, and we are also celebrating World Hepatitis Day, while active healthcare service delivery is underway in all 16 LGAs. of the state that same day.

“It is instructive to note that the achievement of universal health coverage in our beloved state will therefore become achievable with this type of investment in the community component of primary health care.

“Building on Your Excellency’s endorsement for the implementation of this Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) program in the state today is undoubtedly a great achievement and a big step in establishing sustainable structures in line with the national health care policy direction and policy direction of this
administration.”

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