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New board tasked to develop polices for sustainable health care



GOV. Willie Obiano of Anambra has urged newly inaugurated board of Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency to develop policies for sustainable healthcare delivery across the state.

The governor made the call in line with his administration’s commitment toward providing functional and sustainable healthcare sector in Anambra.

Performing the inauguration at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Gov. Obiano urged them to fashion out sustainable healthcare policies that would solve various health challenges facing people of the state.

The governor, who described healthcare as one of the focal points of his administration, enjoined the board to work hard in ensuring adequate healthcare delivery.

He tasked them to oversee the functionality of the 726 Primary Health centres across the state and ensure that their personnel render efficient service to the people.

“I want to remind you that we have procured seven speed boats to facilitate prompt intervention in the hinterland. We also have eight ambulances for such medical purposes.

“I want you to ensure the maintenance of facilities in the speed boat and ambulance. We have directed that two cylinders of oxygen be delivered to each of our primary health centres.

“So far, we have adequately equipped 63 Primary health centres and we want to upgrade at least two primary health centres in each local government to General Hospitals.

“This will go a long way in achieving what we want in the health sector,” Gov. Obiano explained.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, who mentioned some achievement made in the health sector urged members of the board to ensure that the vision of the state government was met.

Chairman of the Board, Dr Josephat Ogbuagu commended Gov. Obiano for investing positively in the health sector, promising to leave footprints worthy of emulation.

Meanwhile, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), coordinates primary healthcare activities across the state with vertical programmes from national level.

Executive Secretary, ASPHCDA, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu said this during an interview at her Awka office.

“We supervise all primary healthcare activities as we coordinate immunization, nutrition, integrated management of childhood illnesses and health education activities in the state.”

She noted that the core programmes under the agency were carried out simultaneously in 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

“In previous years, it was under the purview of the LGAs, but now, we have one management for primary healthcare activity in the state.”

The ASPHCDA boss noted that a lot of communities key into healthcare initiative as some have even chosen building of health facilities as their ‘Community’s Choose Your Project Initiative’ of the Gov. Willie Obiano administration.

“A lot of them have also taken up some health facilities in their domain for renovation and perimeter fencing.

“The response to the agency has been wonderful as each health facility have been provided basic equipment, including ‘keke’ ambulance.

“In health facilities now, drugs are available as a result of the drug revolving fund which makes available, essential drugs in every health facility in the state,” she said.

The ES pointed out that feedback mechanism; Quantitative Integrated Supportive Supervision (QISS) is used for assessment and feedback in health facilities within 21 LGAs of the state.

“In the QISS, we have a checklist used by teams moving from the state and LGAs offices. It is a comprehensive checklist for what is available and unavailable in a facility.

“We check for number of beds, available drugs and staff. For anyone not accounted for, we look through the roster to know if he or she is off or on shift duty.

“Through this way, we know what is going on in every health facility in the state,” she added.

She noted that the state had primary health centres and health posts.

“The health post is for out-patients, who usually do not stay overnight. So, when they have a problem requiring mission over night, they are referred to the health centres.”

The executive secretary said that the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), WHO, UNICEF and other partners extend support in strengthening healthcare system and service delivery in Anambra State.

She added that the agency had robust synergy with both secondary and tertiary arms of healthcare providers in the state as they refer cases they could not handle to them

Such cases, she said might require surgery or cancer cases that might require chemotherapy.


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