Maternal and Neonatal Child Health 2 (MNCH2), an internal NGO, says it has trained no fewer than 100 health workers in Zamfara on the implementation of Primary Health Care under One Roof (PHCUOR).
Mr Adebayo Badejo, the Strategic Planning Coordinator of the MNCH2 in the state, said this in Gusau on Saturday.
MNCH2 is a UK-AID supported programme for the promotion of women, neonatal and infant healthcare aimed at reducing the mortality rate among women and children.
Badejo charged the participants and other stakeholders of the scheme to facilitate bringing together all healthcare related issues at the state level under one roof of the State Primary Healthcare Board.
He said that the programme, which had commenced at the federal level, would remove all the bottlenecks being experienced by healthcare service providers.
According to him, the scheme would also improve efficiency, easy accessibility to health facilities and restore community confidence in accessing services, especially in the rural areas.
“Under the new system, Primary Healthcare Department which used to be under the local government council will be referred to as Local Government Health Authority (LGHA) and answerable to the board.
“Arrangements are in place by the MNCH2 to train local government chairmen and members of the state House of Assembly and other stakeholders to create more awareness and facilitate the smooth transition.
“As it is now, all healthcare workers under the local governments, Ministry of Health, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Local Government Service Commission and other departments have been brought under the board with the approval of the state governor.
“It will now be the duty of unit heads to ensure record keeping, drugs revolving funds, accountability, hygiene of health facilities and formation of development committees, involving council chairmen and other stakeholders for improved health care coverage and delivery,’’ Badejo said.
He also reiterated that with the approval of a one per cent federal and states annual budgetary allocation and support from partners to the state Primary Healthcare Boards, there would be no excuse for poor performance by service providers.
The Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Board, Alhaji Yusuf Mafara, represented by the Director of Administration of the board, Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim, expressed happiness over the new development, saying it will improve healthcare service delivery in the state.
Mafara commended the continued support offered by the MNCH2 to the health sector in the state, adding that the state government is doing its best in this regard.
“The state government had begun the complete overhaul of one Primary Healthcare (PHC) hospital in each of the 147 wards of the 14 local government areas of the state.
“The programme will ensure quicker and easier attention to health needs of people of the state,’’ he said.