Nigeria renovates 4,000 health centres
London, Nov 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Executive Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Developmental Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, on Monday said the Federal Government had renovated 4,000 primary health centres to provide health care services for Nigerians.
Speaking during a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Technical Support Programme of the NPHCDA in Abuja, Shuaib said Nigerians would have access to quality PHC system by 2030.
He said, “We are very mindful that we are working in a tight fiscal space, so what it means is that we are not expecting that overnight all 10,000 PHC centres will be available.
“Since President Muhammadu Buhari launched the revitalisation of 10,000 PHC centres across the country in Kuchigoro in 2017 about 4,000 PHC centres have been renovated.
“However, there is still the gap that requires electricity, water, commodities and drugs. All these will have to work but we will have to take it in phases.
“Maybe what we all need to agree is that within the first two or three years, at least 50 per cent of Nigerians should be able to access any PHC centre and get essential services.”
Shuaib said the N55bn in the 2019 budget for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund represented one per cent of the Consolidated Revenue and Contributions from donor grants, adding that it was set aside to fund the basic health needs of Nigerians.
He said, “What we have done at the Federal Ministry of Health, the NPHCDA, the National Health Insurance Scheme and the National Centre for Disease Control is to look at the fund in line with the provision of the 2014 Health Act, and say how do we identify one PHC centre per ward that this fund will be directed to in a way that the fund is not kept in Abuja, but are sent to the states and the PHC centres.”