Adewole promises to revitalize PHCs
Minister of Health, Prof, Isaac Adewole, has reiterated the federal government’s commitment towards providing Universal Healthcare Coverage, UHC, through the revitalisation of Primary Healthcare Centers.
The minister made this known in his address at the 2018 exhibition and conference, Leaders in Health Care, organised by Medic West Africa, tagged “The UHC road map-shaping West Africa’s Healthcare of the future’, held in Abuja.
Adewole noted that the PHCs revitalisation programme was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in January, 2017 with the aim of revitalising at least 10,000 PHCs nationwide, additional 71 PHCs were revitalised under the 2017 Appropriation Act.
Presently, development partners and states have revitalised over 4,000 as part of their support to the programme.
In his words; “The PHC revitalisation programme is geared towards bringing healthcare to the door steps of Nigerians by ensuring that there is one functional PHC facility in every ward.”
He also disclosed that his ministry was ensuring the actualisation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, BHCPF, which was established to serve as a major funding vehicle for the Basic Minimum Package of Health Services.
The chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Lanre Tejuosho, while narrating the blueprint to achieve the Universal Health Coverage of Health Service in Nigeria, said part of what his team was doing was to increase public finance, make health insurance mandatory, employ result base approaches and expand health services through the use of information communication technology.
Earlier in his presentation on importance of strategic partnership: improving access to primary healthcare, the General Manager, Philips Nigeria, Mr. George Uduku, stated that healthcare must be mobile and must be sustained, while reaffirming his company’s preparedness to assist the ministry in giving quality healthcare to its citizenry.
One of the aims of the conference was to explore how leadership effectiveness can be enhanced and discuss practical ways to avoid leader burnout.
It also sought to help become familiar with the concept of putting the patient first at all times, and the use of effective user-friendly tools that can aid them in improving quality of care and ensuring patient safety.