By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Amina Muhammed Baloni, has blamed the non completion of the 255 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) on the non adherence of contractor to project specifications and design.
The Commissioner, disclosed this on Thursday in his office when she hosted Kaduna State Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), team led by it’s Co-chair, Alhaji Mustafa Jumare, who were there on a courtesy visit.
According to Dr. Baloni, the state government had made releases to contractors carrying out works on the PHCs, but some of them could not adhere to the specifications of the projects designs. This among others are part of the reasons for non completion of the remaining 47 PHC’s.
She however assured that the ministry is working on how to mobilize the 47 contractors to revisit the issue and identify the gap. She also confirmed the state government plans to scale up the rehabilitation of PHCs by increasing them with another batch of 255.
“We are working on identifying all lapses in the first phase to be corrected and get all projects in right place. Part of this will be to identify where there are PHC’s and areas that dont need PHCs, clinic will be provided for while ensure that the PHC is upgrade and well equipped.” She explained.
The Commissioner, in her remark said the interface of KADMAM is important to enhance service delivery to the people of the state and applauded the Mechanism’s efforts.
She said the focus on PHCs was important as they are the facilities close to the ordinary Nigerians and that she has been an advocate of rivatilizing the PHCs during since her time working with the UNICEF which saw the gap and advocated for allocation of over N6bn funds for the project.
The commissioner thanked members of KADMAM for their visit and assured them of the ministry’s support for their activities and providing them with information required to do their activities.
She appealed to KADMAM to support in the health sector in getting council approval for the new legislation bill and cleaned up for implementation. Sensitization of residents to understand the importance of health seeking behavior standard and on the need to own the health facilities and services provided for them.
“We need a lot of education to sensitize people on the need for patronage, while the government work on providing staff and other services. We need to reorient the communities to stop patronizing local women to deliver the babies when they have health facilities on ground” Dr Baloni said.
Earlier in his remarks, Alhaji Jumare, emphasized on the need for the 255 PHCs to be completed and also briefed the Commissioner of the activities of KADMAM, around development of Kaduna Health Score cards and the quarterly #OpenKaduna Health sector to ensure accountability of budgetary allocations of the state government.
He informed Her of the next line of the next #OpenKaduna Health Sector, saying, “this time we will bring forth the summary of the score cards we produced over the years and revisit the recommendations so far met.”
Alhaji Jumare, therefore on behalf of KADMAM, congratulated the Commissioner on her appointment into the Ministry, seeking Her cooperation, support and indulgence for the activities of KADMAM as they have always enjoyed from the past commissioners. Also assuring her of KADMAM’s readiness to continue partnering and collaborating with the ministry towards ensuring health services in the state.