Am­bode Ap­proves Ren­o­va­tion, Equip­ping of 20 PHCs

THISDAY - - NEWS - Martins Ifi­jeh

After ini­tially ren­o­vat­ing about 60 Pri­mary Health Cen­tres since the be­gin­ning of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, the La­gos State gov­er­nor, Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode has ap­proved fur­ther ren­o­va­tion and equip­ping of 20 PHCs across the state, the Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Gov­er­nor on PHC, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga has said. Stat­ing this in an in­ter­view with THISDAY re­cently, Onanuga said about one bil­lion naira have been ap­proved for the ren­o­va­tion of the 20 newly ticked fa­cil­i­ties, in ad­di­tion to 10 set of equip­ment and fur­ni­ture for 10 PHCs.

He said the ren­o­va­tion and equip­ping will be within the next four months, adding that after de­liv­er­ing on the 20 PHCs, oth­ers will be iden­ti­fied as well and ren­o­vated de­pend­ing on avail­abil­ity of funds.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “When we came in, we dis­cov­ered there are 320 PHCs in La­gos State, but the ones that are very func­tional are about 290. So after as­sess­ment we de­cided to ren­o­vate and equip the PHCs in phases. I dis­cussed with His Ex­cel­lency, who is also very vast in how PHCs are run, be­cause he was once in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment. We then started ren­o­va­tion and equip­ment in phases. We se­lected the ones which are cen­tres of at­trac­tion and we made sure we in­clude at least one in ev­ery lo­cal gov­ern­ment and LCDA in the state.

“So with 60 al­ready de­liv­ered, in­clud­ing the 14 PHCs we ren­o­vated in part­ner­ship with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, tagged the Mil­le­nium De­vel­op­ment Goal PHCs, there is need to con­tinue another phase. This time 20 PHCs have been picked, and we will de­liver within the next four months,” he added.

Onanuga said the ren­o­vated and equipped PHCs are re­ferred to as Com­pre­hen­sive Health Cen­tres be­cause they are com­pre­hen­sive in pack­age. “You will find mother and child­care, an­te­na­tal care, de­liv­er­ies, fam­ily health and nutri­tion, food demon­stra­tion classes and a lot of im­mu­ni­sa­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. So it’s a to­tal pack­age with the ex­emp­tion of those things that we feel are for the sec­ondary health fa­cil­i­ties, like com­pli­cated de­liv­er­ies or ma­jor surg­eries,” he said.

Dexa Med­i­cal team and mem­bers of Gezewa com­mu­nity in Kano State dur­ing the Boska Pain Free Day Ini­tia­tive held in the State re­cently

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