Nigeria launches scheme to revive 10,000 primary health care centres

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerians will get improved health care delivery especially at the primary health care level.

The President was speaking in Abuja at the official flag off of the revitalization program for over 10,000 primary healthcare centers across Nigeria.

According to the President, the launch of the scheme is part of efforts aimed at ensuring better quality service delivery in the health sector, just as he insisted that change personified by better quality health care at the primary level is coming to all Nigerians.

Under the National Primary Healthcare Revitalization Initiative, Nigeria, through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and the Federal Ministry of Health, wants to make at least one primary health care centre fully functional to deliver a number of services in each of the wards across the country.

The scheme is to avail poor Nigerians with qualitative and affordable health services, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said on Tuesday at the commissioning of the Model Primary Health Care Centre, Kuchigoro in Abuja, to begin the scheme.

“The health system in the country has only favored the rich”, Adewole revealed at the event.

“But under the present administration, we are focusing on ensuring that the poor have access to qualitative and affordable health care services.

“The goal of revitalizing the Primary Health Care Centres is to ensure that quality basic health care services are delivered to majority of Nigerians, irrespective of their location in the country,” he said.

Adewole reiterated that the initiative would provide qualitative and affordable health services for the people, basically the poor.

He added that if all primary centres were functioning well, at least 70% of Nigeria’s problems would have been solved.

The Minister added that the administration is working towards improving healthcare financing that will deliver quality health to all Nigerians.

He expressed confidence in the capability of the Kuchigoro health center, adding that it’s a first class primary health facility that every country will be proud of.

The Kuchigoro primary healthcare is set to provide health services to the rural community in the Federal Capital Territory as the minister of FCT says that 233 primary healthcare centres are in place to serve residents of the Abuja.

Since the rehabilitation of the healthcare center, it has recorded successful childbirth resuming its primary function to the community.

Adewole disclosed that the federal government was partnering with the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, NACA, and other parties to ensure that primary healthcare centres have all it takes to provide qualitative services.

Commending the Minister for his effort, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was at the ceremony, urged state governors to make reviving the centres a vital part of their agenda.

He said that the federal government had, through the Saving One Million Lives Initiative, provided $1.5 million to each state government and the Federal Capital Territory Administration to ensure quality health care to women and children.

The president said the Kuchigoro centre was renovated as a model primary health care centre where quality health care services will be obtained at little or no cost to the beneficiaries.

Mr. Buhari however called on those involved to ensure that the facility continues to work optimally by using it and ensuring that the health professionals are delivering quality services.

Emmanuel Odu, acting Executive Director of NPHCDA, said while the agency has the target to revitalize 109 Health Care facilities across the country, under the scheme’s first phase, it has completed two already.

 

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