By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State has come second behind Gombe State in effective advocacies for Primary Health Care Under One Roof, (PHCUOR) mainstreaming and networking to ensure implementation of the nine throng approach to good and proper funding and management of basic healthcare delivery for its population.
A recent survey and statistics by relevant monitoring and supervision, data collection for 2018/2019, placed Niger state second behind Gombe state as the two out 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Abuja, where advocacies for better primary health care system by their Primary Health Care State Advocacy Team, (PHCSAT) have led to properly constituted boards for Primary Health Care Development Agencies in the states.
Country Director, Mamaye, a civil society organisation, Dr. Tunde Segun applauded the Civil Society Organizations who have mainstreamed together in speaking and advocating for a properly constituted boards for the states’ basic health system.
Dr. Segun spoke at a one day key stakeholders’ meeting on laying the agenda for Primary Health Care Advocacy Learning Dissemination which was held on Monday in Minna, the Niger state capital.
The Medic whose organisation is a major frontier in advocacies for child and maternal care and other related networking, said when states have civil society organizations coalition on Primary Health Care development issues, they stand shoulder high above others.
He posited that for effective basic health care delivery, all states must allow partnership with the coalition of civil society groups to help press for proper funding, management and staffing of health care centres, pursue budgetary allocations, staff transfer among other roles.
Civil Society Organizations have latitude of reach to attract multi lateral interventions from global, key health players and donor agencies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Roll Back Malaria, among others.
Niger State Coordinator of Primary Health Care State Advocacy Team, (PHeCSAT), Olasukanmi Kalejaiye had in his remarks at the meeting, praised the role of the media in highlighting its advocacy programmes and repeated appeals on government and other key functionaries in constituting a new board for the state’s Health Care Development Agency.
Chairman, Niger state branch of the Nigeria Medical Association, (NMA) Dr. Abdullahi Jibril while giving a goodwill at the occasion, said most ailments presented by patients seeking medical attention at secondary and tertiary health care centres were health challenges that should have been taken care of at the Primary Healthcare Centres but for their poor state.
Dr. Abdullahi Jibril lamented that most primary health care centres in the state were poorly manned, poorly equipped, and not stuffed with medication for the treatment of most health challenges.
He suggested that CSOs should go beyond advocacies for better health care system to monitoring of the functionality of such health care delivery centres.
Dr. Idris Mohammed, a veteran private medical practitioner and former Commissioner of Health in Niger state, said in his remarks that Niger state was lucky to have several civil society organizations working in the state to promote the delivery of effective primary health care and help check infant and maternal mortality.
There were several goodwill messages from sister CSOs and health institutions in the state as well as the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, (SPHCDA).