By Hassan Zaggi
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has disclosed that the Federal Government is working closely with the 36 states and the 774 local governments councils to ensure that 60 per cent of diseases are treated at the Primary Health Care (PHC) level in the country.
This is even as the federal government has intensified efforts to revive 10,000 PHCs across the country to cater for the health of Nigerians.
Dr. Ehanire disclosed this when members of the Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ) led by its President, Mr Hassan Zaggi, visited the minister in his office, in Abuja.
According to him, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is determined to reduce the suffering of the rural dwellers by providing functional health facilities in each political ward in the country.
“Almost 10,000 primary health centres to be revitalised. Many of them are already there because they are neglected, they are being revived and modernised and the standard expectation of a primary health care now is that it should have modern facilities and infrastructure.
“We also expect digital service so we can be able to take care of many of the diseases that occur. We do it in partnership with States and the Local Governments.
“The Federal Government has been teaming with the local governments to create the network; our expectation is that 60 per cent of diseases in the country can be taken care by the Primary Health Cares,’’ he said.
He reiterated the determination of his ministry to work closely with the media to provide correct and timely information to Nigerians.
Earlier, the President of ANHEJ, Hassan Zaggi, said that the expectations of Nigerians on the health ministry are high and therefore advised the minister to work hard to improve the health sector.
“You should do your best to ensure that Nigerians get the best healthcare.
“As Journalists covering this ministry, we want to assure that we will support you to ensure that your objectives and programmes are well known to Nigerians.
“For us to be able to work with you and support you, there should be an environment where both of us will understand each other.
“Our work is always time conscious, sometimes a journalists will be under pressure to seek for clarification on issues and seek for information.
“But if the information is not handy, he will have no alternative than to use the information available. So, we want to appeal to you to make your door open for us.”
Mr. Zaggi therefore invited the minister to declare open the Association’s Annual Conference which is scheduled for Nov. 28.