CSOs commends Niger govt over improvement on healthcare

By Ummi Ismaeel,
Primary Health Care State Advocacy Team, a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Niger State has commended Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello for policies that ensured improvement in the state’s health care delivery system.
The coalition however called on the Governor Bello-led administration to ensure adequate funding, implementation and accountability of the state’s health delivery plan to meet Universal Health Coverage for the benefits of Nigerlites.
While commemorating the 2018 International Universal Health Coverage Day, the PHC State Advocacy Team said that the call for accountability has become necessary to reduce complications or deaths caused by human and material inadequacies.
With the recent inauguration of the Governing Board for the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), the Co-chair, PHeCSAT and Executive Director Advocacy, Dr. Steven Adeoye, said that Nigerlites had no reason not to enjoy quality and affordable health services.
“The state government should step-up efforts at easing out incompetent personnel by ensuring that only qualified health workers are engaged to work in the various health facilities at state and local government levels, with priority to posting of minimum requirement of health workers to PHCs across the 274 wards,” he said.
He emphasized the need for Niger State House of Assembly (NSHA) to take issues of the Contributory Health Insurance Agency bill as a matter of urgency and pass the bill before closing the 2018 legislative year.
Adeoye challenged the state government to also as a matter of urgency expedite action on the re-positioning of the SPHCDA by transferring of PHC staff across the state, including payments of their salaries from Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
For maximum results, Adeoye also called for the support of local government councils to support Universal Health Coverage, improve on her health indices to reduce the negative impact on mothers and their babies in the state.
While appreciating the support of journalists in the struggle to ensure better health condition for all in Niger state, Adeoye urged them to do more by ensuring that everything geared towards improved health sector is given widest coverage.

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