The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole says 80% of health problems in Nigeria can be solved at the Primary health care level of the health sector if adequate attention was given to service delivery at the State and Local Government levels.
The Minister made this statement when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor, Nasarawa state, Governor Tanko Al-makura, at the government house, Lafia.
Professor Adewole commended the Governor for his effort in upgrading Primary Health Care facilities in the State stressing that 80% of health problems in the country could be solved at the primary health care level if the facilities were properly funded and managed.
Adewole informed that in 2018, the Federal Government would ensure that one well-funded Primary health Care is functional in each Local Government Area in Nigeria. He also pledged to support the accreditation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Lafia, in 2018.
Professor Adewole regretted that there were more doctors in Federal hospitals than State owned hospitals.
He therefore appealed for synergy between the Federal and State governments so that skilled manpower in the Federal Government facilities could render services in the State health facilities.
According to him, “this would eventually promote health care delivery in Nigeria.”
In response, Governor Al-makura appreciated the Minister for adding value to the health sector through his responses to recent outbreak of diseases since his appointment into office as Minister of Health.
He extolled the Minister’s vision and focus, displayed at the National level of government which he said had impacted on State governors who were beginning to key into ensuring efficiency and effectiveness of Primary health care in States.
In his words:“Any sensible administration must be sensitive to the plight of his people. Once we make the Primary health care functional, the standard of living of our people would be transformed for the better.”
The Governor informed that all Primary health care had been internalised under the Primary Health care One Roof programme.
He also appealed for Federal government’s support towards the accreditation of the School of Medicine in the Nasarawa State University which is still pending.
Dignitaries on the Minister’s entourage include the National Cordinator, Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP), Hajia Binta Ismail, Executive Secretary, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Mohammed Adis Mohammed and the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Alhaji Jibrin O. G. Za, amongst others.