A group under the aegis Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, Khadijah Muhammad Abdulhameed, has disclosed that about 80 to 90 percent of Nigeria healthcare centers across 15 states in Nigeria are below the minimum requirements of Primary Health Care ( PHC ) standard set by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in Nigeria.
In her commendations to encourage and improve the situation with regards to structures, staffing, and administration of the COVID 19 vaccines received by the states.
However, the findings of a non-governmental organization, Connected Development (CODE), through its social mobilization and accountability movement in Africa @followthemoney made this disclosure to newsmen in Jos.
The spokesperson of the group Led by Khadijah Abdulhameed, in a Town Hall meeting on the 2nd Day of August 2021 stated that the findings were done after three months of fieldwork research and data analysis in Nigeria.
She disclosed that the research was supported by Conrad Hiltop Foundation and Skol Foundation respectively.
According to her, data sampled across 6 geopolitical zones of the country, from their findings revealed that “Two of every ten facilities in every state don’t have any form of electricity most the hospitals visited by the team shows that their source energy is through natural light and local lanterns or torchlights.
“Thirty (30) percent have no access to clean water, thus relying on water from sources like wells and rainwater, stored in tanks. With regards to vaccines’ storage and administration, only 56 out of the 90 PHCs have access to the recommended pharmaceutical fridge to host the said vaccines”.
“Our research also found out that a number of the PHCs received less than 10 vials of COVID19 vaccine, which brought to question the checklist that informed such numbers for a facility that serves a community of nothing less than one thousand (1000) people and that the common service denominator amongst all the PHCs is that 90 percent of the facilities provide ante-natal and maternity care.
She decried that although the absence of sufficient personnel brings into question the quality of care mothers and babies received attention.
The Executive Secretary of Plateau State Primary Health Care Board, Livinus Muapkwap, said the state government, under the leadership of rescue ambassador, Dr. Simon Lalong is working hard toward tackling the challenges of the health sector of the state.
Besides, the group recommendation of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to improve the health care sectors for better service delivery.
Secondly, they should set up a strong monitoring and evaluation team, which will embark on the routine tracking of the PHCs personals and ensure the attainment of the minimum standard is achieved.