ANAMBRA TO REPOSITION PRIMARY HEALTHCARE SERVICES
By Ebele Egoh
Awka, March 15, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government says it has been implementing policies toward repositioning the health sector, with special priority to Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs).
This is in a bid to render improved healthcare services to Ndi Anambra.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike made this known when a team from National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
He noted that Anambra scored 7 per cent in National immunisation survey before the coming of Gov. Willie Obiano Administration and now achieved about 80 per cent in last year's immunisation coverage/ implementation survey.
Dr Akabuike said that the state had functional Primary Healthcare Centres that had qualified to access $500, 000 Federal Government grant.
He thanked the group for their technical advice.
The commissioner assured the group, of government's support in the provision of adequate accommodation for their staff in the state and a good working environment to operate on, for better output.
The Zonal Director, NPHCDA, Dr Eric Nwanze earlier, commended the state government for its effort in ensuring that the state had strong governance, transparency and accountability mechanism.
``NPHCDA prioritises accountability and governance,” he said.
Zonal Director, while noting with nostalgia years of polio outbreaks in the state, commended Anambra Government for changing its status through frequent routine immunisation and striving to eradicate polio.
He maintained that the state was doing well not only in immunisation but in other areas of PHC, particularly in relation to making the PHC functional under the PHC revitalisation initiative.
Dr Nwanze pledged their support in ensuring that PHC in Anambra state would be among the best in the country.
He advocated full movement of Local Government staff and offices under the board to enable the board to have 100 per cent authority in appointments, promotions and discipline.
He urged the commissioner to provide adequate accommodation, in order to facilitate conducive work environment for their staff.
In a vote of thanks, Executive Secretary, APHCDA, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, thanked the team for collaborating with the state in the area of primary healthcare.
She re-assured them that
the state would continue to provide adequate, affordable and accessible
healthcare services at all PHCs. (MOI)