As part of plans to maintain Primary Health Care facilities, Niger State Government has called on the people living in various local government areas to own and secure all health facilities in their communities for better service delivery.
State Commissioner for Primary Health Care, Dr. Ibrahim Dangana while appealing to the people said the state Governor, Hon. Umar Bago had approved the release of N170 million for the revitalization of primary health care facilities across the three senatorial zones as part of repositioning the health sector in the state.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Deputy Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Hajia Binta Jibril said at the Niger state Project Coordination meeting for Strengthening Community Engagement and Accountability for Primary Healthcare Project (SCRAP) with Finding Support from BudgIT Foundation, Nigeria and supervised by the Initiative for Social Development in Africa (ISODAF) in Minna that the Ministry will come out with government user-friendly activities.
Accordingly, he said “the facilities in the 274 wards will experience some revitalization, we will ensure these facilities serve the purposes for which they are provided but the people must own and secure these facilities”.
In his remarks, Country Director, BudgIT Foundation Nigeria, Gabriel Okeowo said the aim of the meeting is to help the people understand their roles in holding the government accountable to what is happening in their communities.
He added that, the interaction will further help to improve service delivery in various communities across the state.
Also, the Executive Director, ISODAF, Mathew Oladele said the programme is to strengthen community members to take ownership of facilities in their domain using the PHC tracker to ascertain the level of accountability and transparency.
He added that the programme is running currently in 15 communities in 6 local government areas of Bida, Lapai, Bosso, Chanchaga, Wushishi and Kontagora.