The Commissioners of Health and Executive Secretaries of State Primary Health Care Development Agencies/Boards from APC controlled States met on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Ilorin, Kwara State, with the theme “Improving Primary Health Care Delivery in APC State”. The meeting was declared opened by the Governor of KwaraState, His Excellency Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
The objectives of the meeting were:
• Identifying challenges of primary health care delivery.
• Proffering sustainable solutions aimed at tackling the identified challenges confronting primary healthcare delivery.
• Facilitating the adoption of uniform implementation of policy initiatives on primary healthcare delivery across all APC states
• Promoting synergy, peer review and experience sharing among APC states on primary healthcare delivery.
There were presentations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo and the Representative of the Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr.Abdullahi Bulama Garba.
Issues identified requiring responses from government borders on Health Care Financing, Health Infrastructural Development, Human resources for Health care delivery, Quality control, Intersectoral collaboration and Service Delivery.
Following all the presentations and recognising the commitment of APC as provided in the party manifestos, the meeting resolved as follows:i. The need for APC States to align with FederalGovernment declaration of 15% annual allocation and release to health care services;ii. APC States to undertake establishment ofsustainable health care financing system such as health insurance and health emergency trust fund.iii. APC States to domesticate Primary Health Careunder one roof in line with Federal Government policy initiative under the National Primary Health Care Development Authority;iv. Priority consideration to be given to Maternal and Child Nutrition in Primary Health Care Delivery Services;v. APC States to strengthen coordination of initiatives to fast tract implementation of PGF Policy initiatives on Maternal and Child Health Services Delivery;vi. Initiatives to revitalise Primary Health CareServices, beyond erecting structures but also guaranteeing sustainable funding of facility operations to be prioritised;vii. Public health care services should be data driven with the appropriate ICT;viii. Undertake to strengthen regular processes of information sharing on issues of primary health care delivery among APC controlled States to facilitate synergy of initiatives and proactive responses; andix. COVID 19 response efforts, includingimmunisation should be sustained in APCStates.
The meeting agreed to continually share information, ideas and knowledge through this kind of meetingand the PGF Secretariat to promote synergy across the member States and facilitate greater cooperation for sustainable development and improved primary health care delivery.
The meeting acknowledged the Kwara State Government for hosting the meeting.
Dr. Raji RazaqSalihu Moh. Lukman
Hon. Comm. Of Health KwaraStateDirector General, PGF