Recently the Federal Government launched Rapid Result Initiative programme tagged: “Better Health for all.” According to Prof Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, under this programme, 110 Primary Health Centres would be revamped within 100 days, one in each Senatorial district. The programme is being executed in collaboration with the Rapid Results Institute in the United States of America. This decision is borne out of the present administration’s desire and commitment to provide access on demand for affordable healthcare.
We consider this initiative a step in the right direction. As envisaged, it will create a visible impact on the lives of the people that will be touched. Indeed, going by the WHO/ UNICEF Alma- Ata Declaration of 1978, strengthening primary health care has globally been accepted as being of the greatest importance for improving population health and well-being, and evolving more equitable societies.
However bearing in mind that there are reportedly 23,000 basic health centres in the country, revamping just 110 is grossly inadequate, more so as the minister did not disclose if there would be more centres to rehabilitate. We note this because of the very prominent role these centres are expected to play in healthcare delivery to Nigerians at the grassroots…Read more