Awka-Anambra State Government has restated its commitment toward strengthening State’s Primary Healthcare Development Agency, while describing the health sector as one of the most important to the administration.

Gov. Willie Obiano, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke said this while receiving Executive Secretaries of State Primary Healthcare Development Board at Anambra Government House, Awka.

The executive secretaries were in the state for the 2019 2nd Quarter Review Meeting of the board, held at Finotel Classique Hotel Reservation, Awka, from July 26 to July 27.

A healthy nation is a wealthy nation. Sickness tends to create burden in the society and having the necessary healthcare to help people through emergencies is very crucial,” Obiano observed.

The Governor noted that primary healthcare was the first step in providing the needed aid in healthcare system, especially for people in rural areas with limited health facilities.

Obiano emphasised that huge amount of funds had been channeled toward developing the state’s health sector.

He, however, added that government made available adequate resources and manpower, as well as renovation of primary healthcare facilities across Anambra State.

The Governor noted the recent commencement of Anambra Health Insurance Scheme as one of the greatest achievements of his administration.

People can now visit hospitals when sick and pay less for their treatment,” he stressed.

The governor spoke on the need to get more people into the scheme, while praying for sustainability of the scheme in the state.

He promised to improve the salary structure and welfare of Anambra State health workers.

Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu noted that the just- concluded National Immunisation plus Days (NIPD) in Anambra recorded huge successes.

Ezenyimulu applauded Dr Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA Executive Director for the effort and zeal in piloting affairs of the board, commending the executive of the board present.

Dr Shuaib, then, commended the giant strides of the state government in the health sector.

He said it was no accident that Anambra had continued to emerge as the best, when it came to immunisation.

It is a direct reflection of the leadership that the Governor has provided to the state,” he said.

Dr Shuaib commended the state for setting up an oxygen plant house at Amaku Teaching Hospital and the launch of Anambra Health Insurance Scheme.

He described these as another giant step toward achieving universal health coverage in the state.

Anambra is among the few states to benefit from the basic healthcare funding, aimed at directly at strengthening the primary healthcare across the country,” he added.

Dr Shuaib praised the renovation of 63 primary healthcare centres in the state that were fully equipped, commending Obiano for such great achievements.

He also notes: the provision of speed boats, ambulances and tricycles to ensure that logistics reach the people in need for healthcare.

Gov Obiano has done tremendous works in aligning the policies of primary healthcare at national level, which is having at least one functional primary healthcare centre per ward.”

The executive director said that the agency would be working with development partners in an aggressive campaign to reduce the number of children suffering or dying of vaccine preventable diseases.

Shuaib added that the Federal Government would provide N7 billion across different states, while the state would be required to provide N64 million counterpart funding for the campaign.

According to the Chairman, Executive Secretaries Forum, Dr Mohammed Addis, the meeting was to review progress in primary healthcare across Nigeria.

He said his concern was on how to deliver on their mandate in providing basic healthcare services to all Nigerians.

The chairman noted that the outcry of universal health coverage could not be achieved without a functional primary healthcare.

We are proud that there is functional primary healthcare in Anambra State.”

Dr Addis, however, called for continued support by the state government to primary healthcare in the state.

Source: Anambra State Government