By Kemi Olatunde
Plans are underway to upgrade the services provided at the Primary Health Care(PHC) in order to achieve an improved health care delivery in the state.
Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency(OSPHCDA), Dr. Francis Akanbiemu disclosed this while speaking with The Hope in Akure.
According to him, government is working assiduously to ensure that the people of the state enjoy improvement in service delivery in the PHC facilities noting that measures are being put in place to achieve it.
Describing the PHC health system as the one with three categories of health facility, he hinted that the level three health facility (in the PHC) will soon begin to perform emergency operation saying “capacity building is ongoing and very soon, they will have the ability to provide basic and comprehensive emergency obstetrics care.”
While commending the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for its support for the health sector, he revealed that his government has just injected new staff into the state PHC system noting that each Local Government can now boast of not less than five doctors.
He said; “We are bringing in 56 additional doctors to the PHC apart from the 20 doctors we have on ground before now.”
Akanbiemu who described the state as one of the states with the highest number of doctors in the country said “the state is having over 80 doctors in PHC.”
Describing the declaration of Nigeria as a polio free country and African nations free of polio as a cheering news noted that Ondo state has never recorded any case of polio in the last 10 years.
He explained that there has been steady increase in immunisation coverage since the inception of the present government due to prompt provision of fund and enabling environment for the PHC among others and added that the state has 86 percent performance in immunisation coverage according to national statistics.
He assured the people that government will ensure the sustainability of the achievement on immunisation coverage is maintained through the availability of qualified human resources.
The OSPHCDA boss who stated that there are 604 functional health centres in the state with more coming up soon however assured the people of more support for the PHC in order to sustain the achievements in the system.