As part of measures of improving the state of primary health care service and infrastructure in Nigeria, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has keyed into partnership with Connected Development (CODE) a leading civil society organization.
The Executive Director of NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib stated this during a high-level meeting with delegates from CODE.
Shuaib commended Connected Development for its work in demanding equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines across the country.
“The inadequacies which have been recorded in the sector is owing to a lack of adequate investment in the PHC sector. The Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) seeks to eliminate financial barriers to accessing primary healthcare. This is a step in the right direction but there are still challenges which the Agency is working to tackle.”
Shuaib revealed that the agency is working to leverage technology (Geo-mapping) to identify settlements across the country in order to drive their strategy towards ensuring that people in remote and marginalized communities receive COVID-19 vaccines.
“The Agency is planning towards a primary healthcare summit which will be a platform and avenue for public and private stakeholders to discuss and mobilize for action geared towards ameliorating the state of primary healthcare in Nigeria.”
He extolled the impact of Follow the Money (FTM) in mobilizing for government transparency and accountability over the years.
Shuaib invited CODE to join the Agency in its project implementation phase, soliciting for CODE to monitor its process as an independent body to ensure maximum and optimum delivery.
The Founder of Connected Development Hamzat Lawal highlighted that 80 percent of 90 Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) in 15 states, cuts across all geo-political zones, do not meet up to minimum standards as stipulated by the Agency.
He said all attributing factors are compounding the poor state of healthcare services in the country and hampering the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to remote communities.