The Federal Government has said it will work with state governments and development partners to increase the number of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) from 8,300 to 17,600 nationwide in the next four years.
The initiative will be complemented with the training of 120,000 Frontline Health Workers who are expected to enter the Health sector soon as part of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Coordinating Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, broke the news in his keynote address at a two-day Northeast Forum of Health Commissioners meeting, which started yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
These, the minister said, include institutional strengthening and effective coordination of all primary healthcare services, efficient, equitable, quality and trustworthy services.
He said there would be a strong collaboration with all stakeholders towards achieving frontline health security and routinised basic health care services among others.
Pate stressed the need for collective interventions of Federal, state, and development partners to be more people-centred and well-coordinated to achieve overall sustainable goals.
The Northeast, like many other parts of Nigeria, the minister regretted, still has unacceptably poor health indices.
He said this calls for a strong collaboration rather than fragmentation of efforts at the national and sub-national levels.
Pate said: “The Nigerian Health Sector Renewal Investment Programme, which encapsulates our strategic vision for the sector, was geared towards the cohesive common goal to save lives, reduce both physical and financial pains, and produce health for all Nigerians.”
Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to fulfill its promises to the state, prioritise enhanced TB reduction and management, provide DNA machines for gender-based violence management, and build hospitals in Biu and Munguno local government areas.
Zulum stressed that “These promises were not mere expressions of goodwill; they represented the lifelines for our people, for mothers delivering children, for victims of unimaginable violence, for the entire communities struggling against diseases.”