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query_builder September 10, 2019 18:10:52


By Nnedinma C Okeke :

Awka, Sept. 10, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), coordinates primary healthcare activities across the state with vertical programmes from National level.

Executive Secretary, ASPHCDA, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu said this during an interview at her Awka office.

``We supervise all primary healthcare activities as we coordinate immunisation, nutrition, integrated management of childhood illnesses and health education activities in the state.”

She noted that the core programmes under the agency were carried out simultaneously in 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

``In previous years, it was under the purview of the LGAs, but now we have one management for primary healthcare activity in the state.”

The ASPHCDA boss noted that a lot of communities key into healthcare initiative as some have even chosen building of health facilities as their 'Community’s Choose Your Project Initiative’ of the Gov. Willie Obiano administration.

``A lot of them have also taken up some health facilities in their domain for renovation and perimeter fencing.

``The response to the agency has been wonderful as each health facility have been provided basic equipment, including ‘keke’ ambulance.

``In health facilities now, drugs are available as a result of the drug revolving fund which makes available, essential drugs in every health facility in the state,” she said.

The ES pointed out that feedback mechanism; Quantitative Integrated Supportive Supervision (QISS) is used for assessment and feedback in health facilities within 21 LGAs of the state.

``In the QISS, we have a checklist used by teams moving from the state and LGAs offices. It is a comprehensive checklist for what is available and unavailable in a facility.

``We check for number of beds, available drugs and staff. For anyone not accounted for, we look through the roster to know if he or she is off or on shift duty.

``Through this way, we know what is going on in every health facility in the state,” she added.

She noted that the state had primary health centres and health posts.

``The health post is for out-patients, who usually do not stay overnight. So, when they have a problem requiring mission over night, they are referred to the health centres.”

The executive secretary said that the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), WHO, UNICEF and other partners extend support in strengthening healthcare system and service delivery in Anambra State.

She added that the agency had robust synergy with both secondary and tertiary arms of healthcare providers in the state as they refer cases they could not handle to them

Such cases, she said might require surgery or cancer cases that might require chemotherapy. (MOI)