FG to rehabilitate 10,000 PHC centres, says minister

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City 

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has stated that the Federal Government is set to revamp a total of 10,000 Primary Health Care (PHC) Centres nationwide to meet healthcare needs of rural communities. 

Speaking in Benin City on Sunday during the unveiling of the maiden edition of the Edo State Branch of the  Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Journal titled,” Annals of medical and surgical practice”, Ehanire said the essence of providing 10,000 PHC centre’s in all the 36 states of the federation is to ensure and provide quality health service delivery. 

Chairman, Edo state NMA, Prof. Afekhide Omoti,in his remark at the official unveiling of the NMA medical journal said the journal is the first ever by Edo NMA to serve the purpose of encouraging scientific research and publication of discoveries in medical practice among medical doctors and other health professionals noting that,”Such research will provide new knowledge on diseases and the ways to prevent and manage them.”

 

According to him, each state in the country is  to get the sum of $1.5 Million to drive the revitalization of the PHC projects adding that a total of $500 Million has been borrowed by the federal government to boost healthcare system delivery in the country.

 

Ehanire while lamenting the incessant strike in the health sector noted that the role of the medical practitioners can not be over emphasized, stressing on the need for commitment and management on the part of the doctors to improve healthcare delivery in the country.

 

Chairman, Edo state NMA, Prof. Afekhide Omoti,in his remark at the official unveiling of the NMA medical journal said the journal is the first ever by Edo NMA to serve the purpose of encouraging scientific research and publication of discoveries in medical practice among medical doctors and other health professionals noting that,”Such research will provide new knowledge on diseases and the ways to prevent and manage them.”

 

” There must be enough commitment to develop the health sector. All the problem about utilities is largely to an extent due to management challenges. A hospital is not run only by Doctors. It is also run by Nurses, other health professionals group, auxiliary professions and also by managers, people who are not even Medical doctors at all such as the management engineers to keep things going. We need improvement in all these sectors to be able to rival those countries where our people go to for medical treatment.” Ehanire said. 

He frowned at the increase in medical tourism noting that as the critical as the Health sector,industrial disharmony and unhealthy rivalry among healthcare professionals is inimical to growth and development of the sector stressing that “too much strike in the health sector has compelled patients to seek for alternative medical care in foreign countries. 

Ehanire pledged government commitment to avert issues of strike by the NMA, however added that although NMA is doing its best to keep the Hospitals running, called for patience amongst the health care practitioners to allow for understanding.

 

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