Anambra hosts States secretaries of healthcare agencies

By Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka

Anambra hosts review meeting of 36 state Executive Secretaries of healthcare agencies

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has set up structures aimed at ensuring that technical and financial support will be provided to State Primary Healthcare Development Agencies (SPHCDA).

The Chairman and Executive Secretary of SPHCDA in Nigeria, Dr Adis Mohammed said this during a 2nd Quarterly Review Meeting with executive secretaries of SPHCDA Boards at Finotel, Awka.

The meeting, expected to last two days would provide an avenue for updates to states on national programmes and review of specific Primary Healthcare (PHC) best practices and lessons.

The meeting will also deliberate on issues relating to PHC in order to provide feedback on the NPHCDA initiatives. it will also seek to validate agreements or realign subsequent 2019 Quarterly Review Meetings dates/location.

The forum will also provide avenue to discuss innovative ways to transform PHC in Nigeria.

Dr Mohammed noted that states, Senate and House of Representatives had all been concerned about Primary Healthcare system in the country.

According to him, the Federal Government has shown seriousness by ensuring that they roll out the Basic Healthcare Funding Provision to states.

“Some states have got the money, while others are still processing theirs,’’ he said.

The Chairman, who is also the Executive Secretary, Nassarawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, urged states yet to process theirs to adopt a fast track approach.

“We need to build and have new dimension for Primary Healthcare in Nigeria so as to make Nigerians proud.

“If we are united, we will ensure that SPHCDAs and the leaders are taken to the next level,’’ Mohammed stressed.

The Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu while welcoming the 36 states executive secretaries to Awka, the Anambra capital noted that Governor Willie Obiano’s administration had done a lot for the state as it had significantly improved security situation in the state.

She urged the secretaries to feel relaxed in Anambra and sleep with their ‘eyes closed’, assuring them of their security while in the state.

The party, organised by Dr Ezenyimulu, was to welcome the Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib and the 36 state executive secretaries to Anambra.


Emmanuel Ukoh