BY Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos
The President, National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN), Comrade Akoh Jude on Tuesday lamented inadequate health facilities in the country, saying primary health facilities were not functioning well and unable to solve 70 per cent of the country’s problems.
He disclosed this on Tuesday at the annual national workshop for health practitioners across the 36 States tagged, ‘Re-launching Primary Healthcare in Nigeria held in Lagos, pointing out that the healthcare system in Nigeria seemed to be skewed towards the rich
Akoh stressed that the problems faced by Nigerians prompted effective measures for re-launching primary healthcare in Nigeria with a view to revitalizing the health care system to ensure quality basic health care services to be delivered to majority of Nigerians.
Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole represented by Dr. Alex Okoh said new health policy has been approved, saying it would reduce maternal death in the country.
While commending the health practitioners for the timely workshop, Prof. Adewole added that Primary healthcare is the bedrock of health system that is closer to the people.
In his speech, the state Chairman of the Association, Comrade Olanrewaju Babs also decried inadequate health practitioners affecting adequate community integration for health actions.
He said a community of 50,000 people currently has less than two community health practitioners, saying private practice not encouraged with the current Lagos State health reform.