The President of the Christian Health Association of Nigeria, Dr. Andrew Otunifade Imogu, represented by the Second Vice President, Dr. Zipporah Kpamor, has pledged to partner the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to help the agency achieve its mandate of attaining the Universal Health Coverage.
Dr. Imogu said the partnership became necessary in the wake of the need to reach people in hard to reach areas due largely to absence or inadequate communication networks such as roads but that the agency could leverage on Christian faith based health facilities sited in such communities.
He said the partnership will be of mutual benefit to both the agency and his organization just as the duo had worked together in the past and Christian Health Association of Nigeria had contributed immensely in the fight against Wild Polio Virus in Nigeria.
Dr. Imogu said that CHAN was an umbrella organization founded in 1973 by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Christian Council of Nigeria and the Northern Christian Medical Advisory Council which run about 700 Christian faith based health facilities mostly located in the interiors of the country.
He further said the CHAN has been providing for the health needs of the people and “in this way, we have been supporting the government of Nigeria for the past forty-seven years in very close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health”.
The President said CHAN as far back as the 1980s worked with the NPHCDA in the area of immunization thus ensuring that Nigerians have access to affordable good quality healthcare services especially for the vulnerable which is one of the goals of the agency and for Universal Health Coverage.
He said that CHAN has put together a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on areas of mutual benefits to the two organizations and presented same for the agency to rejig and find common grounds for effective partnership.
Responding, the Executive Director/CEO, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib appreciated the CHAN for following up on the proposed partnership.
He promised to have a second look at the draft of the MoU to see the things that are relevant and where to make amends and input those things that will further strengthen the partnership.
Dr. Faisal Shuaib said NPHCDA and government had recognized the fact that government cannot do it alone, hence the need for Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Based Institutions to collaborate with NPHCDA with over 30,000 Primary Healthcare Centres in Nigeria for effective and efficient service delivery.
While assuring CHAN that the agency will get back to the organization after digesting the proposed MoU. He thanked members of Christian Health Association of Nigeria for re – jigging the partnership after five years.