Niger Government says it has commenced activities to improve conditions in Primary Health Care (PHC) centres across the state.
at a two-day retreat for members of the management board of the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency (NSPHCDA) held in Abuja.
the foundational healthcare structure at the community level of any Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) strategy.
He acknowledged that a good number of PHC centres in the state were dilapidated and not able to provide the services required.
Ketso said that the state government would build healthcare centres in 25 local government areas and 274 political wards spread across the three senatorial districts and six health zones.
He noted that the objective of the retreat was to provide participants with insights into Nigeria’s current PHC delivery landscape and implications of the attainment of UHC in the state.
The deputy governor said that the retreat would equip participants with required knowledge to discharge their oversight responsibilities as board members of the NSPHCDA.
He added that the state government hoped to deliver basic healthcare to majority of residents of the state, with particular emphasis on the less privileged.
Kesto noted that the state government would not leave any stone unturned in terms of addressing the challenges in the health sector, and pledge the state’s support toward actualising the set goals.
NSPHCDA, said that the retreat would identify the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats that would be used to analyse the situation of NSPHCDA.
“Therefore, it is imperative for the Niger State Insurance Scheme to work; we have begun to engage all tiers of government to find the right funding and operational model.
“In addition, the right statutory governance oversight is required to ensure that we jointly take responsibility for these centres through efficient management systems.”
Dangana said that health authorities and Ward Committees have major roles and responsibilities toward the functioning of the PHCs.
increase operations and training of human resource in the state that would support effective delivery of services.
Edited by Zainab Garba/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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