Imo Government Advocates Improves Rural Health Care

Imo Government Advocates Improves Rural Health CareThe Imo state Government says the new federal government policy of ‘primary health care under one roof’ will no doubt improve accessibility and enhance better delivery of quality health care to people living in the rural areas.

This was disclosed in Owerri, the Imo state capital during a two-day orientation workshop organized for the newly inaugurated board of the Imo state Primary Health Care Development Agency by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the John Hopkins International Vaccine Access Centre.

The objectives of the workshop among other things, is basically to orientate the new technical team on steps towards full implementation of the new policy as well as to adequately sensitize the Imo state PHCDA board and technical team.

The state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Mrs Ngozi Njoku, explained that the policy would give room for better supervision, accountability and better funding.

In her words “If there is anything that bothers the present administration in Imo state, it is that of giving quality healthcare delivery to the people, especially those at the rural areas who are trying to access healthcare in their various localities.

She went on to say that “with this orientation workshop, every participant will know his or her role towards giving this quality healthcare to the people and strengthen the primary healthcare delivery in the state, definitely the benefits of the workshop abounds”, Njoku said.

Shedding more light on the importance of the new policy, the Executive Secretary of the Imo state PHCDA, Emmanuel Emuka, said the new policy would correct all the wrongs and issues associated with primary health care delivery system in the state.

He added that the state government under this new policy would ensure proper coordination of activities in the primary health care sector.

Furthermore, he added that “before now, there were several ministries involved in the issue of primary healthcare in the state, such as the Ministry of Health, local governments, and local government service commission.

“There was no coordinated approach to supervise activities, so there were levels of decay, inefficiency, dilapidation and poor linkage between the community and the facilities to render service.

According to him, “this is why this revitalization and orientation is necessary to reposition the primary health care system in the state.” Emuka said.

Governor threatens to sack council chiefs, village heads over polio

The governor of Katsina state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema has threatened to sack council chairmen and village heads who are not prepared to promote the fight against polio in the state.

Speaking in Katsina while flagging off polio routine immunization exercise in the state at the headquarters of Ingawa Local Council, Alhaji Shema read the riot act saying any local council chairman who allows a child in his local government council to be attacked by the polio virus will be attacked by political polio.

He warned that the state government will not entertain laxity by any of the agencies charged with the responsibility of providing services to the people adding that antenatal services for pregnant women, children and elderly people in the state, is free.

The governor declared that the state government will do everything within its capacity to work with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to see that Nigeria as a country eradicates polio.

Also speaking at the flag-off, the Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Ado Muhammad disclosed that three new strategies have been employed by the agency in ensuring that every child is vaccinated.

According to him, the strategies include the Geographic Information System (GIS) device, involvement of traditional and religious leaders and constant and effective mobilization by the officers of the agency.

The WHO over the weekend claimed that Nigeria is the country with the highest figure of poliomyelitis cases in the world, as Nigeria is the only country in the world to have all three types of Polio virus—Type 1, Type 3, and circulating vaccine-derived Type 2 viruses.