Monday 26th June, 2017
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FG's proposed health centres in 774 LGs unviable - Senate

FG's proposed health centres in 774 LGs unviable - Senate

Senate has ordered the suspension of the fed­eral government plan to build new primary health centres in each of the wards across the country until the relevant agency provides details about the funding of such project.
Meanwhile, the Sen­ate Committee on Primary Health and Communicable Diseases has said that such policy was not viable for now due to lack of fund.
The committee noted that the said multi-billion naira programme was not also captured in the 2017 budget, adding that the N3 million provided for each of the ex­isting similar centres across the country in the 2016 bud­get barely paid the salaries of the health personnel in some local governments.
Already, the National Health Care Development Agency said it has com­menced the training of 20 women in each ward of the Federation to handle the proposed health centres un­der its Community Health Programme initiative. Exec­utive Secretary of the agency Dr Faiza Shuaibu said that the new programme was in addition to the National midwifery scheme for which may spend over N800 mil­lion this year for its imple­mentation.
But Senate in its wisdom has told the agency to for­get such policy saying that it would amount to waste of public funds to create new health centres when many of such centres have been aban­doned across the land due to lack of fund.
Chairman of the Sen­ate Committee on Primary Health and communica­ble diseases, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa in a meeting with officials of the agency said funding of such policy was a problem now. He said that the committee would rather want the agency to consider building such cen­tres in the 774 local govern­ment areas as a pilot scheme to see how it can work first.
The Sen Ohuabunwa-led committee told the commit­tee to also give details of the funding of the project, say­ing state government had in the past left such responsi­bility for the federal govern­ment.
He told the Agency to ei­ther build such health cen­tres where there is none or to revitalise the one already in the system and make it func­tional which you know that appropriation of funds has also been the problem.

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