By Nnedinma C Okeke  

Awka, May 4, 2020 (MOI) Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu has urged communities not to underestimate its power in the development of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in their communities.  

The Agency, also, works hand in hand with these communities to ensure development of PHCs too. 

Dr Ezenyimulu said this when a team from the Civil Society Network, Anambra chapter led by Prince Chris Azor paid her a courtesy visit at the ASPHCDA office complex, Awka.  

According to the executive secretary, primary healthcare is carried out in communities in the spirit of self determination and self reliance.  

This is part of the Alma ata declaration of 1978 on Primary Healthcare which is its bedrock. 

She noted that the Agency was doing all it could to ensure that every ward in the state had a functional PHC, especially in terms of drug availability.  

She expressed delight as the state had been given approval for the remaining 156 health facilities for one PHC per ward to come on board in the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF). 

BHCPF is a per cent of the consolidated revenue of the federation mapped out for development of PHCs across the country.  

“Anambra started off with 176 facilities out of 332 wards in the state for BHCPF and having applied the funds judiciously, approval has been given for the remaining 156 facilities.  

“This means that every political ward in the state now has a functional PHC,’’ Dr Ezenyimulu explained.  

Head of Department, Community Health Services, ASPHCDA, Dr Frank Umeh noted that primary healthcare could not be defined without community participation. 

“Primary healthcare starts with community participation and now we are pushing toward community ownership as that is one sure way for progress in any PHC,’’ he said.  

He commended friends and partners for their support in moving the Agency forward while urging them to keep up with the good work.  

The leader of the team, Prince Chris Azor noted that the narrative of Civil Society Network had changed as they now partner with the government for the common good.  

“Government has come to stay and development partners are more comfortable partnering with the government in bringing in development,’’ he said.  

Mrs Tina Agbasi, a member of the CSO after relating her experience in some PHCs visited, appealed for recruitment of more staff members into the health workforce as workers in health facilities were short staffed.  

Another member of the CSO, Mr Dennis Ekemezie commended the executive secretary and her team for their efficiency in delivering healthcare at the grassroots. (MOI)

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