Federal government has created more state primary healthcare centres to compliment the efforts of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA.
This was disclosed by the Executive Director, Dr. Ado Mohammed, at the just concluded 58th National Council on Health held in Sokoto State.
Ado said the creation of the new state offices is in line with the provisions of the new National Health Act, adding that it would minimise bureaucracy and fast track effective and efficient delivery of primary health care services nationwide.
At the meeting, Ado urged state commissioners for health and executive secretaries of the newly created agency to work as a team.
The NPHCDA boss advised the executive secretaries to respect and report to their respective commissioners for health as the ultimate leaders of one single united health team at the state level.
The executive director said health commissioners should appreciate the autonomy of State Primary Health Care Development Agencies for the overall benefit of citizens.
In a paper entitled ‘’Primary Health Care under One Roof’’, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics in the agency, Dr. Muhammad Abdullahi, noted that Primary Health Care, PHC, is about one management, one health plan, monitoring and evaluation and one leadership.
Abdullahi emphasised that PHC under one roof focuses on each key player and actor, adding that it would ensure standard and improve health outcomes in the country.
In a second paper entitled ‘Basic healthcare funds’, by a Director at the agency, Dr. Nnenna Ihebuzor, she explained that the provisions of the National Health Act provides opportunities for State Primary Healthcare Development Agencies to fund their operational health plans and activities.
Speaking on behalf of all state governments, the Borno State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Msheila, pledged their readiness to work with the federal government in the planned revitalisation of primary health care in the country.
The meeting was attended by all commissioners for health and executive secretaries of State Primary Healthcare Development Agencies in the 36 States and the FCT.

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