CSOs urge FG to improve health Care Facilities across Nigeria

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    …as 80 percent of Primary Health Centres fall below standard

    The Civil Rights Organisations, CSOs have urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to improve the Health Care facilities across the Country.

    BudgIT Fopundation, CODE, Idilton Foundation, Skoll Foundation Global integrity and Follow the Money made this call while speaking with the theme: Health Care Accountability beyond COVID-19 on Monday in Lagos.

    The Project Assistant, CODE, Pearl Utuk, in her presentation on tracking the Primary Health Care Centres noted deplorable conditions of the Primary Health Care Facilities across the Country.

     

    “CODE recommends that the National Primary HealthCare Development Agency, NPHCDA, should set up a strong monitoring and evaluation team. It will routinely track PHCs to ensure that they maintain the minimum standards as stipulated by the Agency.

    The NPHCDA must ensure that all PHCs have the capacity to host store and administer vaccines. The health Care system must be strengthened to be able to efficiency respond health emergencies as was the case of COVID-19”, she said.

    A lot of gaps were identified in her presentation as “80 per cent of the 90 Health Centres fall below minimum PHC standard set by the NPHCDA. So also two out of every 10 facilities do not have any form of electricity, they supplement natural lights, with candles or touch lights. 30 per cent of the Primary Health Centres do not have access to clean water, thus relying on sources of water like wells , rain water stored in tanks and only 56 out of the 90 PHCs assessed have the recommended pharmaceuticals fridges to store the vaccines”, revealed the report.

     

    The government must do something to avert national health crisis in the country as a result of theis deplorable conditions of our Primary Health Care Centres across the country.

     

    Community members cannot access health Care in some of the centres as a result of mixiup or gap in communication. For example In Kogi State, discoveries during outreach in Otutu community revealed that the only PHC present in the community was donated by the Association of Orphans and Widows and community members who do not belong to the association are refused access to primary health care and have to “walk for some kilometers to access ” this service elsewhere. BARRIERS ~OTUTU/IDARE COMMUNITY, KOGI STATE.

    The Survey noted that Kona PHC in Taraba State serves the whole of Kona Ward with a population of over 24,000 people as a result of poor budgetary allocations ~Taraba State “Health Workers Vaccinated only their friends and family members not as directed to them by their superiors ” , ~ Youth leader, Yobe State.

     

     

    Revealing further, she said, “In Osun State, a journalist with Rave FM launched an undercover investigation in Atiba and Okinni PHCs.

    “In 2019, Osun State Government received $20.5m from WHO on ‘Save One Million Lives project for the revitalization of 332 PHCs. Babies were being delivered with torchlight and candles!

    Two weeks later after the report went viral, the government delivered Generating Sets to the PHCs. Just imagine!

    In 2021 NUJ week, Emmanuel Ujiadughele was nominted for BEST REPORTER based on his investigative journalism on PHCs in the State.

    “I look forward to more collaborations that will put pressure on the government and its agencies to fulfill their promises”, Emmanuel said.

     

    Aggregate findings shown in infographic below

     

     

    “Research Locations centred on  North West, North East, North Central, South West, South East and South South. The states are listed to include Benue, Kogi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Osun, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Anambra, Cross River, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe and Kebbi State.  6 Geo-political zones comprising of 15 States 90 PHCs.

    Deplorable state of the Primary Health Centres

    “The Campaign objectives aims to increase citizens participation in ensuring transparency and accountability in the health care sector.

    “Ensure that the government makes public the implementation plan of procurement and distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines

    “To provide information on the state of PHCs across Nigeria in readiness to receive and distribute vaccines across the country.

     

    CODE according to her is partnering with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, so also the joint monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine distribution between CODE and the Agency

    She stated that CTAP Phase 2:  will focus on raising awareness on the need for vaccines in Africa and that African governments need to ensure transparency and accountability in the deployment of vaccines as well as their equitable distribution to the most remote communities.

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