The Nigerian government says it has set aside N550 million to renovate 110 primary healthcare facilities in the country as a pilot programme for the revitalisation of Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) in the country.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known while briefing newsmen after inspecting the renovation of Kuchingoro PHC in Abuja.
Adewole said that the revitalisation of the PHCs was one of the key components of the Rapid Result Initiatives (RRI) of the government.
He said the pilot phase comprised of 109 of the clinics across the country, stressing that one PHC per senatorial district will be picked
He added that additional one centre was in Fuka village of Niger where Lassa fever case was first recorded in 2015.
He said government has spent N7 million on the renovation of PHC Kuchingoro in Gwarinpa Ward of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
He added that the revitalisation of the PHCs is the cardinal agenda of the Buhari administration.
“We want to bring the healthcare services to the door step of our people and the only way to do that is to deliver health through a network of functional PHCs. We are working with the state governors and development partners to replicate it in 10,000 electoral wards in Nigeria during the second phase of the initiative. When we have them working across the country we will be able to serve majority of Nigerians and provide an improve access to healthcare services to them,’’ Adewole said.
He said it is a partnership between the ministry, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and General Electric with GE supplying equipment such as radiotherapy machines, warmer and other accessories.
He added that government would also ensure that the PHCs deliver immunisations and there is provision for living quarters for the midwife to provide 24-hour services.