The Executive  Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib has expressed his willingness to collaborate with private individuals in the Niger Delta community towards revitalising the Primary Health Care (PHC) Centres in the region.

He made this known while playing host to His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass Kingdom in Bayelsa State who paid him a courtesy visit at the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

Describing the visit and the traditional ruler’s request for a collaboration with the Agency on how to provide alternate sources of power to PHC centres in his domain as a demonstration of his concern and commitment to the health needs of his people, the Executive Director said the request was in line with the Agency’s aspiration.

He said, “At the Agency we are working on a plan that will improve PHC services all across the country. I would like to assume that as private practitioners, you are looking at how you can collaborate with government to improve those services.”

Dr. Shuaib further stressed that “Part of our PHC improvement initiative involves the private sector, so you are coming at the right time when we can accept not only private sector support but see how government can in turn provide some form of relief for private sector practitioners who want to as part of their corporate social responsibility also contribute to PHC improvement.”

To this end, the Executive Director constituted a committee made up of members from both parties to work out modalities for the collaboration.

He charged the committee, which on the side of the Agency, included Dr. Abdullahi Garba Bulama, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, as Chairman, and Malam Idris Bello, Director Special Duties, to “work hard and come back within the next couple of days with a better understanding of what type of collaboration it is and how we can make sure that we follow up the initiative in a very sustainable way.”

Earlier, His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass Kingdom, said the visit was aimed at appreciating the achievements of the Agency and to see how it could be supported to achieve even more.

He said, “We feel health care facilities in the Niger Delta region can be updated and made to have enough alternate power sources; that’s why we are here to rub minds with you on how this could be achieved. PHC, as far as I’m concerned, is very important and should be given every support to see that it stands on the ground to serve the people better.”

The traditional ruler added that, “There are quite a number of PHC centres in Niger Delta region and we are looking at how we can come as private individuals to at least provide alternate sources of power.

“We are looking at renovating and providing alternate sources of power to about ten to sixteen PHC centres in every state in the region. And if there are other areas we can collaborate with the Agency beyond this, we will be happy to assist.”