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‘Less Than 6,000 PHCs Working Effectively’



A report released by the Off-Grid Renewable Project, Under the Sustainable Nigeria Programme, has revealed that less than 6,000 of the entire 30,000 Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) in Nigeria are working effectively.

The report released during a high level multi stakeholders solution driven event in Abuja yesterday followed the release of the report titled ‘improving access to Clean Reliable Energy for Primary Health Care Centres in Nigeria; Situation Analysis of PHCs in the Federal Capital Territory’ is published by Heinrich Boell Stiftung Nigeria.

The report which had explored the energy situation in the primary healthcare centres in the FCT confirmed the deplorable conditions of many PHCs facilities in Nigeria and noted the general lack of regular and reliable energy to power the PHC facilities.

The report in its findings stated that the optimum functionality of health centers and hospitals is tied to their access to steady affordable energy and that public funding of health care delivery systems in Nigeria was generally poor.

It further noted that PHCs funding has always been disadvantaged in resources allocations within the health sector in spite of the fact that PHCS have been identified as the best way for delivering cost effective efficient, quality, accessible and affordable health services to a wider proportion of the population.

The report also noted low funding for powering the PHCs in the FCT, disconnection of many PHCs by distribution companies as a result of none payment of electricity bills among others.

The report in its recommendations called for increased budgetary allocations to the health sector and specifically to PHCS, noting that if designated authorities can provide basic infrastructures and amenities at the PHCs, health care service delivery will be exceptional.

The report further called on the government to plug existing security gaps and improve on infrastructure before installing new equipment and solar power systems, otherwise, efforts made to improve health facilities and health service deliveries will be futile.