FG’ll revive 8,300 primary health care centers, upgrade 17,000 – Minister 

The federal government Monday said it plans to revive 8,300 primary health care centers across the nation to make them functional.

It also plans to expand and upgrade 17,000 primary health care centers over the next 3 years.

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate, stated this during the Ministerial Press Briefing at Radio House, Abuja.

He said the expansion  will require refurbishing these centers, equip them and make them fully functional to deliver essential services such as immunisation, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services, treatment of non-communicable diseases and to facilitate referrals to secondary facilities.

Professor Pate stated that the ambitious plan requires the states to complement the efforts of the federal government.

He said: “We are also committed to retaining 120,000 frontline health workers.1,400 primary health care centers are now equipped to provide skilled birth attendance, funded through the NPHCDA and NHIA covering the 8,300 facilities.”

He reiterated that the contraception is to allow women control their reproduction when they need it and also to choose and to control their body as well as have quality reproduction health services.

Professor Pate added that the ministry collaborated with Kano state government and security agencies to close the open market where drugs are sold without control.