OrderPaperToday – The Chairman of the Committee on Primary Health and Communicable Diseases, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, has decried the lack of synergy among the three tiers of government- Federal, State and Local Government Areas- in the provision of primary healthcare for Nigerians.
Sen. Utazi stated that “If there is no synergy, there will continue to be mistakes without adequate results.”
He disclosed this at the OPEN (Online Parliamentary Engagement Nigeria) – webinar series hosted by OrderPaper Nigeria on Tuesday.
The senator who spoke on a variety of concerns in healthcare provision, said the issue of inadequate personnel at Primary Health Care (PHC) centres across the country is linked to the overarching lack of synergy, noting that the Federal Government cannot build these centres and still put the personnel to man them.
According to him, “the Federal Government can build primary health care centres but cant put the personnel there. It is the duty of the State Government to find the personnel. That is why so many health centres are locked up.”
He also explained why healthcare workers refuse to take jobs at various primary health centres acoss the country, saying: “Most of these primary health centres are in rural areas with bad roads, inadequate infrastructure, schools, and so on but if those infrastructure are put in place, the personnel will like to live around their workplace.”
Sen. Utazi who welcomed the interest and work of the civil society in the health sector, pledged the desire and willingness of the National Assembly committees on Health to work with citizens groups and other non-state actors to achieve improved healthcare provision for Nigerians.
The OPEN webinar series is a virtual platform designed by OrderPaper Nigeria for convening conversations between representatives in parliament and citizens.
This edition which also featured the Chairman, Committee on Health Services of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Tanko Sununu (APC, Kebbi), was moderated by Oke Epia, OrderPaper Nigeria Executive Director, and Mr. Greg Anyaegbudike, the Federal Team Lead of the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) Programme of the British Department for International Development (DFID).
Reporting by Vivienne Deinde-Joseph