By Nnedinma Okeke
Nnewi, Dec. 5, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has commended community participation in the growth and development of health centres in communities.
Gov. Willie Obiano made the commendation during the inauguration of Akaboezem Health Centre, Uruagu, Nnewi.
The Governor was represented at the event by his Special Adviser, on Budget, Planning and Implementation, Chief Melie Onyejepu.
The people of Akaboezem community, with approval from Nnewi North Local Government Area (LGA), constructed the health facility.
Chief Onyejepu, while commending the community for working as a family, noted that it was good that “when government is working, communities are also working as government cannot do it all’’.
“Gov. Obiano has provided all that is needed for health facilities to grow, one of which is Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA) and Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme (ASHIS), two institutions that are important for community’s key into.’’
The adviser, on behalf of the Government announced a donation of N500,000 to the facility for purchase of hospital consumables while Commissioner for Health and Executive Secretary, ASPHCDA would work on equipping the facility.
He, then, on behalf of his foundation, ‘Melie Onyejepu Foundation’ promised a cash reward of N20,000 each to the first three women to deliver their babies there.
Executive Secretary, ASPHCDA, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu while commending the community for the initiative noted that this was the agency’s second visit to Uruagu, Nnewi as they had earlier in the year, been to Ndiezenwankwo for similar inauguration of a health centre.
“We are delighted to see these communities participate in efforts to have Primary Health Centers (PHC) in their localities.
“What we are practicing is Primary Healthcare Under One Roof (PHCUOR) an initiative from the Federal Ministry of Health; we thank our Governor for being very proactive and dogged in this drive.
“Under him, Anambra qualified for Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF), which is a percent of the consolidated revenue of the federation going to primary healthcare, ” she explained.
Dr Ezenyimulu, then, listed the importance of primary healthcare to the community as it was the first port of call for healthcare services in communities.
While encouraging all to continue in the growth of the PHC, she noted that the agency had already posted health personnel to the facility and assured of continued support to the facility
PHC Director, Nnewi North LGA Health Authority, Dr Chukwudi Njelita expressed gratitude to the Government for creating an enabling environment for all sectors to strive. (MOI)