The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib has reiterated the commitment of the agency towards the realization of President Muhammadu Buhari’s health sector next level agenda aimed at achieving universal health coverage. Dr. Shuaib made this known during the ministerial health sector media engagement held at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Monday.
He said the agency would in the next 10 years be implementing the 4-point agenda of the Minister of Health in collaboration with States, Local Government Areas, critical stakeholders and MDAs to fast track universal health coverage in the country.
The first agenda, according to Dr. Shuaib, is the revitalization of Primary Health Care (PHC) system, which entails having primary healthcare centres with full complements of the right workforce such as nurses, community health extension workers, midwives, and facilities like solar energy, water supply, ambulance, perimeter fencing, drugs, and laboratory.
The second agenda, he said, is to have PHCs with improved technology for data generation and processing services in order to achieve equitable and increased coverage of both traditional and new vaccine.
The next agenda, according to the Executive Director, includes social and behavioural change communication aimed at arousing demand for primary healthcare services. He added that post-polio primary healthcare system strengthening is the forth agenda set up by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and it is aimed at harnessing polio eradication resources and experiences to rapidly reduce maternal and child deaths.
Further, the Executive Director said the agency is currently advocating through the National Assembly, for more funding for PHCs. In his words, “Apart from appealing to the federal government for more funding, we are also encouraging the private sector and partners towards implementation of people-oriented programmes for better healthcare service delivery. “This is important because improving primary healthcare service delivery will translate to saving up to 110,540 lives over the next 10 years.”
In his address at the occasion, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said the federal ministry of health is poised to anchor President Muhammadu Buhari’s next level agenda in the health sector for human capital development and socioeconomic growth of Nigeria.