Ambode Approves Renovation, Equipping of 20 PHCs
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