By: Eneji Simon Ushie.
Across the 36 States of the Country and the Federal Capital Territory inclusive, Primary Health Care Centres have remained the first point of call to citizens due to the absence of bureaucracy in gaining access to services and it’s availablity in almost all Communities.
With over 30,000 Primary Healthcare Centres across the country, and high profile case management procedures as a result of Covid-19, there is need for round the clock functionality to offer basic services to clients, hence the need for improved power supply in these facilities.
With some of the most common services like management of Malaria , diarrhea, typhoid, HIV/Aids , Antenatal and Post Natal Services, Daily Immunization services offered, there is need for specimen preservation, vaccine potency maintenance as well as the illumination of structures to aid efficiency in service delivery.
It was on this premise that the “Good Governance Team” in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) converged stakeholders in Abuja on a one day workshop and policy dialogue with the theme : Powering Primary Healthcare Centres In Nigeria” with emphasis on Solar Power supply as an alternative to the use of gasoline generator and it’s fossil emission.
Panelists were drawn from different regions of the Country including , Dr Janet Ekpenyong ( Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency) representing the South South Region, Anambra ( South East), Gombe ( North East), Nasarrawa ( North Central), Zamfara (North West) to make demands for their regions as well as speak on common challenges faced by health workers in offering services as a result of poor and elliptical power supply in their regions.
At the end of the workshop, some resolutions were met and it is expected that , States governments will
1) Achieve buy-in and Increased commitment on #Solar4PHCs among target stakeholders at the national and subnational regions.
2) There would be an increased awareness on the #Solar4PHCs campaign through amplification of voices, and how renewable energy can help strengthen the Nigerian Health system thereby improving the functionality of Primary Healthcare Centres in Nigeria.