There Are 450 PHCs In Nasarawa, Providing 24 Hour Services Across State- SPHDA Chairman
Dr. Mohammed Adis, Chairman, Nasarawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (SPHDA) says the state has 450 functional primary healthcare centres that run 24 hours service to deliver healthcare for the people.
Adis told newsmen in Abuja that the state was lucky to partner with the World Bank to provide the facility for the people.
“The state is privileged to have a project called “Nigeria State Health Investment Project’’, a World Bank-Assisted project.
“This project is a five-year project which will be coming to end this year 2020.
“Through the project, we have out of 760 Primary Health Care Centres in the state, 450 Primary Healthcare Centres are functional and running 24 hours service.
“Our state health insurance scheme is now on board and government is about to launch enrollment into the program,’’ he said.
Adis, also the Chairman, Forum of state CEOs, Primary Healthcare of Nigeria, said the forum was partnering with National Assembly to complete the abandoned primary healthcare centers across the country.
He said that the National Assembly had made it mandatory that, there would not be the construction of new primary healthcare across the country.
“They are making efforts to ensure that the abandoned primary healthcare projects are completed so that they can be put to use,’’ the chairman said.
Adis said that the Federal Government was working with state primary healthcare to ensure that one healthcare would be functioning in the award.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has recently re-stated the Federal Government’s commitment to revive not less than 10,000 primary healthcare centers in the country.
Adis commended the minister for working in line with the Presidential directive that at least, one primary healthcare per ward should be effective.
“We have 10,000 wards in Nigeria, so Federal Government is collaborating with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
“They are collaborating to ensure that the Basic Health Care Fund, which is one percent of consolidated revenue of the Federal Government, is being earmarked by two the gateways – NPHCDA and NHIS gateways.
“It is expected that every state is supposed to make a baseline assessment of at least one primary healthcare within the state so that primary healthcare will be accessed.
“There will be baseline assessment, there will be capacity building and there will be funding through the gateways to ensure that those facilities are funded.
“They are funded in terms of engagement of human resources for health, provision of essential medicine and funding for day to day demand within the facility.“