The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib has charged the Executive Secretary, Kogi State Primary Healthcare Development Board to fast track the collection and collation of data from rapid assessment for effective intervention by the agency.
Dr. Shuaib gave the charge when the Executive Secretary paid him a courtesy visit at the NPHCDA Headquarters, Wednesday.
He said the rapid assessment was aimed at assessing the status of Kogi State health facilities and status of human resources with a view to ascertaining what type of support the federal government was going to give Kogi State. He also said the information generated from the assessment would go a long way in helping the agency meet the health sector next level agenda of Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari of having one full-fledged functional Primary Healthcare Centre per political ward with the full complements of ambulances, nurses, midwives, drugs, laboratory and laboratory technician, perimeter fencing, security personnel, solar energy and water.
The Executive Director said even though workers in Kogi State were on strike, the authorities concerned must as a matter of urgency talk to the leadership of the union on the importance of collating the data to the people of the state, as inadequate data has been responsible for non-completion of most projects and programmes in the past.
On the outbreak of yellow fever at Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State, Dr. Shuaib urged the Executive Secretary to explain to the union leaders what the state stands to lose as a result of the rampaging disease, adding that the agency will support in the response in the best way possible.
Earlier, the Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Abubakar Yakubu said the visit was to congratulate the ED on his reappointment to lead the agency for another four years.
The Executive Secretary said the reappointment did not come to the Board and the people of Kogi State as a surprise given the track records and achievements of Dr. Shuaib in the primary healthcare space of Nigeria which culminated in the certification of the country as Wild Polio Virus free by the Africa Regional Certification Committee, a body set up by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Further, Dr. Yakubu submitted a report to the ED on the vandalization of Kogi State Cold Store and NPI offices, which occurred on the 6th of October, 2020. The ES said this singular act has crippled the activities of the board.
To this end, Dr. Yakubu called on the ED to use his good offices to resuscitate the two cold rooms in Kogi State, pay an advocacy visit on the Governor, fast track implementation of impact project, attract more partners for more logistics and technical support.
The Executive Secretary said the board was able to put in the 2021 budget recruitment of 25 doctors into the state primary healthcare and 2,571 technical staff from the local government health authorities to solve the challenge posed by inadequate human resource for health.
He also appealed to the ED to prevail on the governor to take another look at the stop percentage payment of salaries of local government workers now that there is an outbreak of yellow fever in a border town between Kogi State and Enugu State.