OrderPaperToday – Only 20% of the 32000 primary health care facilities in Nigeria are functional.

This was made known by Mr. Chike Okafor, chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services.

Speaking on Tuesday at the inaugural meeting of the Committee held at the National Assembly complex, Okafor called for the repositioning of the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) and National Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

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The lawmaker applauded the intervention of the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) to establish primary health care centres in every ward throughout the country.

He explained that the committee will interact with UNICEF with the view to ensure that “Nigerians have access to such medical centres and enjoy the services being provided at such centres.

He said: “Statistics shows that we have over 32,000 health care facilities in the country but only 20% are functional.¬† The question is how can we make these 32,000 health care facilities to be fully functional?”

The chairman stated the commitment of the Committee to “engage State Governments on equipping primary health care centres in scattered in different towns and villages all over the country.

“We have to come up with strategies on how to arrest the issue of medical tourism in our country and ensure that our health facilities are working so that Nigerians can enjoy good and qualitative health services,” he urged.

Okafor also emphasised the need for the committee and relevant agencies to encourage Nigerians to donate blood.

To this end, he assured that a bill on blood donation will be presented on the floor of the House, with the view to “encourage Honourable Speaker to lead blood donation initiative by donating blood while honourable members follow suit,” Okafor said.

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