By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Kaduna State Government led by Malam Nasir el-Rufai is building a strong health system that is given priority to strenghtening the Primary Healthcare (PHC) delivery in the state.
Commissioner of Health, Kaduna State, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo expressed this while delivering his Keynote address, at a one-day Policy Dialogue on the implementation of Primary Healthcare Under One Roof (PHCUOR), organised by the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria on Thursday May 17, in Kaduna.
He explained that the absence of a strong healthcare system in the past, made healthcare delivery weak and ineffective.
“One of the problems we have is that our system was very weak and we did not build on it.
“This govt is building system that is resilient. Once you have strong system, whichever investment you make gives result.
“We have resolved to build strong PHC in the domains and take things holistic so that what we provide would stand a test if time,” he said.
The commissioner assured that efforts are in top gear to ensuring that PHCs in the state serve the purpises they were established for.
“It would be important to mention what we have been doing to revitalize PHCs.
“We embarked on renovating and expansion of PHCs 255 in Kaduna State.
“Not only should we have strong PHCs, but also referrals.
“23 secondary health centres are also undergoing transformation to serve as referrals from PHCs,” he said.
Dr. Dogo said that in consolidating on gains of immunisation, they hope to get citizens motivated to in the future, seek services at the PHCs.
“We also went into partnership on routine immunisation. We hope we would get to the point we won’t need to go door to door, but people will go to PHCs to get immunisation,” he added.
The commissioner said that the dialogue would afford them the opportunity of true reflection on PHCUOR and how to improve on the policy.
“When doing something, you may think you are doing well, but when assessed, you will improve. I thank everyone of you for giving us the opportunity,” he said.
He pointed out that when this administration came on board, in less than six weeks, the Governor convened a health summit, where problems were discussed and solutions suggested.
“First bill sent to the assembly was primary health care.
“As we move, we have structured plans delivering healthcare, we don’t move blindly.
“In no distant time we would be recruiting to fill up manpower gap in our health system.
” Our Drug delivery system is being worked on and many states will come and learn from Kaduna.
“We would ensure we provide quality PHC to our own people. The law supporting state health insurance scheme has been passed by Assembly and assented by his Excellency,” he added.