The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has assured that ongoing renovation of 12 Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities across its six Area Councils would be completed soon.
The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, gave the assurance at the flag off of sensitisation workshop for key stakeholders for the establishment of the community primary healthcare management system on Thursday in Abuja.
Represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman, the minister said that FCTA provided special attention to matters that had direct impact on maternal and child health services.
Aliyu, who identified integrated healthcare delivery system as a key to socioeconomic development and progress of any nation, emphasised the need for active community participation.
She noted that primary healthcare played a critical role in sustainable development, adding that PHC remains the means to achieving health for all.
Aliyu revealed that the FCT Administration within a year had progressed toward revitalisation of the primary healthcare scheme and linking residents to services.
She added that the administration had approved the implementation of the FCT-PHCB, 2019, and soon the FCT-PHCB with the Area Councils PHC governance structures would be established in line with the Act.
According to her, FCTA is aware of the deplorable state of primary healthcare infrastructure and the enormous amount of money required to rehabilitate them.
The minister, however, assured that a phased approach to fix them would be adopted.
“Health, which is a fundamental human right, requires PHC approach which allows for integrated care comprising preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services extending from “womb to tomb.
“As a matter of fact, Universal Health Coverage cannot be achieved without the involvement of the local community.
“To strengthen PHC leadership and governance, the administration approved the implementation of the FCT PHCB Act, 2019 and soon the FCT PHCB with the Area Councils PHC Governance structures will be established in line with the act,” Aliyu said.
Earlier in his remarks, Dr Mohammed Kawu, Acting Secretary of FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, noted that community PHC management system was one of the essential principles of the primary healthcare scheme.
Kawu explained that with inter- sectoral collaboration and equity in distribution of resources, community health outcomes would be improved significantly.
On his part, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, Chairman, FCT Traditional Council of Chiefs, the Ona of Abaji, enjoined participants to come up with document that could be used by the administration that would lead to significant improvement in the primary healthcare sector.