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Nigeria's Minister of Health Isaac Folorunso Adewole attends an emergency National Council on Health meeting on the control of Lassa Fever in Abuja, Nigeria January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde - RTX231AG

4,000 PHCs under renovation nationwide – Adewole

To achieve Universal Health Coverage, the federal government has said that it is revitalising 4,000 Primary Healthcare Centres(PHCs) across the country. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made the disclosure at a media parley held in Ibadan. Th e News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Muhammadu Buhari administration had, on assumption of offi ce, promised to revitalise PHCs in the country to ensure qualitative and aff ordable healthcare delivery. “We have been very relentless and target-driven in pursuing the noble objective. Th e president fl agged off the revitalisation programme of PHCs on Jan. 10, 2016. “We have secured international partnership to make the idea work; work is either completed or ongoing at 4,000 locations nationwide in PHC intervention sites. “Th e UK government supported us with 950; World Bank and European Union are doing 1,400 and 700 respectively. “Th e wife of the Senate President is assisting with 36 PHCs, each located in all the states of the federation, FCT ministry assures on rehabilitation of 200 and the Federal Government will make 1,000 of the PHCs work at the expiration of the 2017 budget,” he said. Th e minister stated that the country has 30,000 PHCs, adding that current eff orts were to reach no fewer than 100 million Nigerians from the revitalisation of 10,000 PHCs. “Th e centres will provide support in antenatal care, administration of vaccines, test for blood sugar, urine and blood pressure and other tropical related diseases to reduce pressure on the teaching hospitals. “Our primary goal in the ministry is to strengthen the sector so that it can deliver aff ordable, accessible and qualitative services at all levels. “States like Bauchi, Borno, Abia and Kaduna are doing a lot in that regard too,” he said. (NAN)

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