Kaduna Stakeholders  Want Primary Healthcare Centres  Renovated, Equipped To Standard

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    Participants at the Kaduna State MNCH Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) Third Quarterly Interactive Forum have appealed to the state government to expedite action in ensuring that each of the 255 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) are built and equipped to national standards.

    Speaker after speaker on Thursday, contributed to the forum by suggesting ways that PHCs can serve the people better.
    Responding, Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo said that the state government is committed to providing healthcare to its citizens.
    He said that in view of that, the state government has embarked on free treatment to older citizens of 70 years above, where the government is registering them and is prepared to spend N200,000 annually on each of them.
    Dr. Dogo said that in ensuring best practices, they are recruiting 200 health workers that will directly work in taking care of the elderly.
    The commissioner explained that they have recruited 100 doctors and are recruiting 1000 nurses, while 23 general hospitals are been equipped for federal purposes.
    Earlier in his welcome address, Co Chairman of KADMAM, Alhaji Mustapha Jumare lamented that from January to date, ibformation availabke to the group shows that only 11 out of the 255 PHCs have been renovated.
    “The information from the State Ministry of Health has shown than the state government is currently renovating and upgrading the 255 PHCs, which are at various stages of completion. As at September, 2017 eleven (11) of the 255 PHCs targeted have been completed.
    “The information has also shown that MNCH2 has supported the State in renovating and upgrading 40 PHCs. In order to ensure that the State government has fulfilled its commitment of renovating and upgrading the 255 PHCs, KADMAM   monitored the PHCs that have been completely renovated and upgraded by the State government and MNC2, in order to determine whether they have been upgraded to the minimum standards PHC Centres, as recommended by the NPHCDA,” he submitted.
    Kaduna State Commissioner of Health (centre) at the forum

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