MAN to govs: Allow LGs provide primary health care services to citizens

The national president, Muslim Association of Nigeria (MAN), Alhaji Tajudeen Ojikutu, on Friday charged governors to allow local governments provide primary health care services to people.

Ojikutu gave the charge Friday while speaking with journalists on the commissioning of a 20-bed primary health care centre donated to MAN Ibadan branch by the family of a former permanent secretary in Oyo state, the late Alhaji Jimoh Adedigba.

He said there was the need to allow local governments to handle primary health care services to avoid rampant cases of self medication, minor illnesses and diseases among the people at the grassroots.

“Primary health care is under the purview of the local government to provide care for people at the grassroots. But the gap is so wide in Nigeria. There is a gap within the health sector, especially at the primary level. Primary health care is within the purview of the local government, if they allow them to do it, they will do it better,” he said.

The MAN chairman, Ibadan branch, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Abdulganiy, in his remarks, said the facility “stands as a beacon of hope for people within the area such as Joyce B, NTC Road Oke Ado, Oke Bola, Itamaya, Foko, Ososami and Molete.”

Speaking on behalf of the Adedogba family, Mrs. Mulikat Hussein Giwa, said the health centre would be of benefit to humanity.