Stakeholders meet over deplorable state of PHC In Kaduna
Concerned stakeholders met yesterday, in Kaduna to discuss ways of addressing the deplorable condition of primary healthcare delivery in the state.
The meeting, organised by Partnership in Child and Family Health Scale (pacfah@Scale) was an offshoot of an international conference held recently on contemporary issues bordering on quality healthcare delivery in Kaduna.
The meeting was attended by the Civil Society Organisations and Ward Development Committees (WDC), which volunteered to look after Primary Healthcare Centres in the state.
While decrying the high prevalence of childhood killer deceases, poor access to primary healthcare services, low financing and shortage of health workers in PHC facilities as major challenges, the Ward Development Committees pleaded with the state government not to abandon the upkeep of PHC Centres within their communities to them.
They argued that it is the sole responsibility of the state government to ensure that all primary healthcare facilities are up and running and accessible to residents.
Ado Alhaji Ibrahim, WDC chairman of Badiko Community, said funding PHC facilities has been a major challenge to them.
Victor Kazan, from Kaduna South laments the shortage of health workers in his area, saying, “90 per cent of those working in our
PHC centre in Kaduna South is volunteers.”
Speaking to journalists, Chairman, Coalition of Civil Societies working with PaCfach at scale in Kaduna, Mustafa Jumare, said they were working on the issues raised by WDCs in ensuring quality health delivery in the state.