Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCT will fix health sector in phases, says minister

The FCT Administration has revealed that it will be adopting a phase approach in addressing the daunting challenges confronting the health sector in the nation’s capital.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, disclosed this at the flag off of sensitization workshop of key stakeholders for the establishment of the community primary healthcare management system held over the weekend.

Aliyu who acknowledged that the administration was aware of the deplorable state of primary healthcare infrastructures and the enormous amount of money required to rehabilitate them, disclosed that the FCTA within a year has progressed towards revitalization of the primary healthcare scheme and linking residents to services.

The minister who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman, also acknowledge role of primary healthcare in sustainable development, as it remains the means to achieving Health for All.

She stressed that, “Health which is a fundamental human right, requires PHC approach which allows for integrated care comprising preventive, promotional, curative and rehabilitative services extending from “womb to tomb”. It is the first point of contact with the National Health System and a key to socio-economic development and progress of a country. As a matter of fact, Universal Health Coverage cannot be achieved without the involvement of the local community.

"The FCTA within a year, has progressed towards revitalizing the PHC scheme and linking residents to services. To strengthen PHC leadership and governance, the administration approved the implementation of the FCT PHCB Act, 2019 and soon the FCT PHCB with the Area Councils PHC Governance structures would be established in line with the Act.

"In the area of PHC infrastructure to expand physical access services, we are aware of the deplorable state of our PHC infrastructure and the enormous amount of money required to rehabilitate them. That is why we are adopting a phased approach to fix the problems.”

Aliyu revealed that this year, 2020, renovation of 12 PHC facilities would be concluded, another 6 PHC Clinics upgraded to PHC Centers and 6 more PHC centers would be rehabilitated across the six Area Councils, while reiterating the seriousness and urgency the FCT Administration handles matters impacting on maternal and child health services.

Earlier in his remarks, the Ag. Secretary of FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, noted that the community PHC management system was one of the essential principles of the primary healthcare scheme, stressing that with inter-sectoral collaboration and equity in distribution of resources, community health outcomes would be improved significantly.

Meanwhile, the chairman, FCT traditional council of chiefs, the Ona of Abaji, HRM. Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, in his remarks charged participants to come up with document that could be used by the administration that would lead to significant improvement in the primary healthcare sector.



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