The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has disclosed government’s plan to ascertain the number and locations of all the Primary Health Centres, PHCs, across the country and to rehabilitate existing ones.
In a press release sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday, the minister inaugurated a committee to carry out a survey, determine how many of the facilities are functional and to rehabilitate existing 10,000 PHCs in the country within two years.
According to the release, Adewole said, “The Federal Ministry of Health plans a ‘One Primary Healthcare Centre per Ward Programme,’ a situation where each ward will have at least one functional primary healthcare centre.”
The committee, which is to be chaired by Prof. Michael Asuzu, professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Ibadan, has 11 members and Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, will serve as secretariat.
The terms of reference of the committee include mapping of all PHCs in the country, using available resources data from all relevant departments, MDAs and other stakeholders.
It is to also determined the functionality of PHC in every political ward in the country and determine service availability in each of the PHCs in every political ward, human resources and equipment, among others.
Chairman of the committee assured the minister commitment to the assignment.

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