The World Health Organisation (WHO) has pledged to support Nigeria in its effort to revitalize Primary Health Care (PHCs) centres in every nook and cranny of the country.
The WHO Representative to Nigeria, Dr. Kazali Mulombo, who disclosed this at the media engagement said the WHO will continue to work with the health ministry and the talented team in the health sector to leverage the Polio legacy in revitalizing PHC for mothers and children.
“In order to make this work better for the people of Nigeria, we have already commenced key reforms through the Triple Billion Goal of the GPW13 and the CCSIII which are clearly aligned to the NSHDPII to support Nigeria priorities of primary healthcare and health financing as clear accelerators within the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for All.
“Within our mandate, therefore, the WHO is deploying innovations in implementing unique global and country specific health observatories that bring together big data in all aspects of the health sector to support real-time planning and evidence-based implementation.
“With the priority placed on Nigeria by the WHO, Nigeria has already been designated as one of the 8 collaborative centers in Africa and so will significantly benefit the health sector in preparing for future stock-taking exercises. “
Speaking while presenting his score card, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire said: “The BHCPF operates through three gateways – the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Emergency Medical Treatment Committee, who all provide sustainable models that ensure access to a generous minimum package of health service to enrollees and ensures equity and financial risk protection for vulnerable populations.
“The revised Guideline for Administration, Disbursement and Monitoring of the BHCPF has been revised and approved by the National Council on Health, to reset implementation processes for better alignment with the National Health Act. The new manual will be presented to the public today.
“National Emergency Medical Services & Ambulance System (NEMSAS). This is the third BHCPF gateway, which addresses a serious weakness in our health system, which makes no provision for physical and financial access to First Aid and healthcare, in case of life threatening emergencies of any type. Some experts estimate that if Nigerians had access to First Aid, Ambulance transport and urgent medical care in emergencies, up to 60% of maternal, Under 5 child and crash related lives could be saved.
“Implementation of the third BHCPF gateway will significantly reduce the incidence of over 30,000 women losing their lives to childbirth-related incidents, and 714,000 Under-5 children lost yearly.”