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FG aims to raise PHCs count to 17,618 by 2027

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Government to enhance operational efficiency of the current 8,809 PHCs.

Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, coordinating minister of health and social welfare, has announced the federal government’s strategy to enhance the operational efficiency of the current 8,809 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) nationwide, while also aiming to double this number of PHCs to 17,618 by the year 2027, aligning with the objective of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He revealed this at the commemoration of the World Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, themed: “Health for All: Time for Action”, and presidential unveiling of Nigeria Health Sector Renewal Compact, between the federal government, state governments and partners, in Abuja.

An estimated sum of $2.5 billion will be raised and directed towards enhancing our primary healthcare system and attain positive outcomes during the span of 2024-2026. This funding will be obtained through a combination of pooled and non-pooled financing, encompassing support from external development partners as well as the federal government. Moreover, it is anticipated that the state governments, responsible for the delivery of primary health services, will also contribute to these advancements. Government objective is to increase the count of fully operational PHCs by two fold through the implementation of decentralized facility financing for infrastructure enhancements.

NGF affirms determination for universal healthcare coverage.

Additionally, there will be an expansion of financial support to cover the expenses associated with operational costs, thereby guaranteeing the provision of top-notch essential Primary Health Care packages. This initiative will commence with the enhancement of the current 8,809 fully operational Primary Health Centers and gradually progress to encompass a total of 17,618 PHCs across all 36 states and the FCT by the year 2027. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and the governor of Kwara State, restated the unyielding determination of state governors to uphold universal healthcare coverage.

According to his statement, the NGF Secretariat will offer strong assistance in monitoring and executing the compact’s results, with a steadfast dedication from the governors’ forum to ensure universal health coverage becomes a meaningful achievement for every Nigerian. Furthermore, President Bola Tinubu had made it clear that his government is placing great importance on enhancing Nigerian healthcare industry through significant investments and an augmented budget allocation for the sector in the proposed 2024 budget. He said this at the unveiling of Nigeria Health Sector Renewal Investment Initiative and the signing of the Health Renewal Compact by federal, state governments, and development partners in Abuja.

Tinubu unveiled a new initiative to fast track UHC efforts.

The event was included in the array of activities held in commemoration of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day celebrated on every 12th of December . Enhancing the quality of healthcare is a central aspect of the president’s commitment to bringing Renewed Hope to the people of Nigeria. The unveiled Nigeria Health Sector Renewal Investment Initiative is a robust strategy devised to fast track the country’s progress towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC), ensuring improved well-being and medical attention for every citizen.

To achieve this ambitious feat, there is a need for unparalleled cooperation between the Federal and State governments, as well as between the government and development allies such as the Global Fund. With Nigerian population on a massive scale and the heavy burden of diseases it bears, making remarkable advancements in this initiative has the potential to save countless lives. In his statement at the event, Tinubu said the country’s commitment has been reinforced with the collaboration and assistance of various international partners and organizations.

Healthcare access is an essential right for every human.

Moreover, the importance of prioritizing health is emphasized, as it once again becomes a top priority. Health extends beyond simply being free from illness; it involves the integration of physical, mental, and social well-being. It is an essential right for every human being to access healthcare. This is consistent with Nigeria’s determination to achieve Universal Health Care Coverage which is evident in the resolute dedication of the current administration to guarantee this right for all individuals irrespective of age or location, be it in rural or urban areas.


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AN-Toni
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2 months ago

FG aims to raise PHCs count to 17,618 by 2027. – Government to enhance operational efficiency of the current 8,809 PHCs. – Express your point of view.

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

In line with the federal government’s plan to double the number of Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) to 17,618 by 2027 and improve their operational effectiveness, there are currently 8,809 PHCs in the country.Part of the president’s aim to giving the Nigerian people Renewed Hope includes improving the quality of healthcare.
This plan is good and will make people have access to health care

Last edited 2 months ago by Taiwo
Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

By 2027, FG hopes to increase the number of PHCs to 17,618. – The administration will improve the 8,809 PHCs’ operating effectiveness.We plan to raise an estimated $2.5 billion to improve our primary healthcare system and achieve favorable results.To accomplish this strategy, the Federal and State governments must work together in a way that has never been seen before. This is because the country needs more primary health care providers since its population is growing and because new diseases are emerging.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

That’s a great goal! The government’s aim to raise the count of Primary Health Centers (PHCs) to 17,618 by 2027 is a commendable effort. Enhancing the operational efficiency of the current 8,809 PHCs is a crucial step towards improving healthcare accessibility and quality in Nigeria.
Increasing the number of PHCs can have a significant impact on healthcare delivery, especially in rural and underserved areas. PHCs play a vital role in providing essential healthcare services, including preventive care, maternal and child health services, immunizations, and basic treatments for common illnesses.
By enhancing the operational efficiency of existing PHCs, the government can ensure that these facilities are well-equipped, adequately staffed, and have the necessary resources to provide quality healthcare services. This will help in reducing the burden on higher-level healthcare facilities and improving the overall health outcomes of the population.
Investing in primary healthcare is crucial for achieving universal health coverage and addressing health disparities. It’s encouraging to see the government’s commitment to expanding the PHC network and improving their operational efficiency. I hope this initiative leads to better access to healthcare services for all Nigerians. 🏥💙🌍

SarahDiv
Member
2 months ago

It’s encouraging to see the government’s commitment to doubling Primary Healthcare Centres, aiming for Universal Health Coverage. The $2.5 billion funding plan and collaboration with state governments and partners signal a positive step. Prioritizing healthcare in the proposed budget and international collaboration, as mentioned by President Tinubu, reflects a strong effort toward improving the nation’s well-being. However, implementation and sustained commitment will be key to ensuring that quality healthcare becomes a reality for all Nigerians.