Native Reporters learnt that about 4,000 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) have been renovated and in the process of revitalization across the country, an official has said.
The 4,000 PHCs are spread across the country and are renovated and being revitalized by the federal government, state government and development partners.
Faisal Shuaib, the executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) stated this on Wednesday in Abuja during the agency’s end of the year productivity award and send forth ceremony.
The event, in its second edition, aims at celebrating staff of the agency and their efforts towards achieving its goals during the year.
Mr Shuaib made the comment in response to a question by journalists, immediately after his opening remark.
He was asked to give account of the 10,000 PHCs the government promised to revitalize almost two years ago.
In January 2017, the president, Muhammadu Buhari, about 10,000 PHCs across Nigeria.
Under the first phase, the federal government, who is collaborating with the lower levels of government and development partners in the scheme, said it will work on a PHC in each of the country’s 109 senatorial districts in Nigeria. This means, three in each state and one in the Federal Capital Territory.
But more than a year after the plan was kicked off, that very little work had been done.
Prior to the time, a previous investigation by this medium, about 10 months after the plan was flagged-off, of Primary Health Centres across the nation.
“…So far, some 4000 PHCs have been renovated and in the process of full revitalization,” Mr Shuaib responded to the question during the brief chat with journalists outside the venue of the event.
He said revitalization does not only mean the infrastructure. “It is making sure that right equipment, medicine, water, electricity, adequate health personnel and housing for them (health workers) to 24 hours services is provided.”
The official alluded that the government is not half way in achieving its plan on PHCs.