Nigeria – Executive Secretary, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu of the Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), has vowed that the agency is doing all it can to improve confidence of its clients in a bid to make Primary Health Centres (PHCs) more efficient.
Dr Ezenyimulu explained this during an advocacy visit by Civil Right Concern (CRC) at the ASPHCDA office complex, Awka.
She noted that through the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) they were able recruit 60 midwives for selected primary health centres in the state.
“Although this is a temporary arrangement, we hope they will eventually be absorbed into the state workforce because the whole idea behind partner funding is for states to make it sustainable.’’
She appealed to the state government to employ more health workers such as; doctors, nurses, midwives and community health extension workers into the workforce.
Dr Ezenyimulu said that the European Union (EU) SIGN had donated a cold room at Ayamelum Local Government Area (LGA) to ensure their vaccines were properly stored.
“This is because the Agency gives special attention to hard to reach areas in Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Awka North, Anambra East and West LGAs due to their difficult terrains.’’
She, then, noted that the Agency took care of every group of persons including persons living with disabilities.
She thanked the CRC for undertaking the study on human rights to good health while assuring that the Agency would study the report especially areas concerning primary healthcare.
The CRC Team Leader, Mr Okey Onyeka noted that their group was facilitated by Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID) project.
“It is a data-driven project that aims to contribute to reducing poverty and improving the well-being of not less than 200,000 marginalised groups in Anambra and Kaduna states.
“The programme seeks to achieve this by promoting evidence-based policy, decision making and working collaboratively with government, civil society and communities to ensure effective collection and use of data to inform planning.
“To this end we recognise the importance of Civil Society in networking for data and engaging in it to bring positive change for the most marginalised and increase participation of Civil Society in the health sector,” Mr Onyeka said.
While noting that primary healthcare was the most important arm in the health sector, the CRC team leader said all hands should be on deck to strengthen it as government could not do it alone as resources were scarce.
Mrs Hope Nkiruka Okoye, a member of the CRC group said it was regrettable that even though some PHCs had new buildings and equipment they didn’t have Doctors, which had made them lose clients to privately owned health facilities.
Mrs Ifeyinwa Unachukwu of the Anambra State Broadcasting Service (ABS) commended the Agency for always building the capacity of their workers via regular training.
She noted that if the health workers combined this with a good attitude toward their clients, it would result in better healthcare delivery at the grassroots.