Committee set up to map out Primary Healthcare Centres

Gloria Essien, Abuja.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has inaugurated a committee to map out all the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) in the country.

This is to ascertain the number and locations of Primary Healthcare Centres available in the country, and also to determine how many are functional or otherwise.

The Federal Ministry of Health plans a “one Primary Healthcare Centre per Ward Programme”, a situation where each ward would have at least one functional Primary Healthcare Centre.

Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, the Minister stated that the Federal Government would rehabilitate ten thousand Primary Healthcare Centres within two years.

The committee, which is to be chaired by Prof. Michael Asuzu, Prof. of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, has eleven members and Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) would serve as secretariat.

The Terms of Reference of the committee are: to conduct the mapping of all PHCs in the country, using available resources data from all relevant departments, MDAs and other stakeholders.

It will also determine the functionality of a PHC in every political ward in the country and  service availability.

The committee will propose a strategy for strengthening referral systems between PHCs and higher hospitals, in the given geographical area and to perform any other assignment determined by the minister.

In his acceptance speech,  the Chairman of the Committee the minister of their commitment to perform the assignment diligently.