A’Ibom Govt to boost primary healthcare with N300m – Commissioner

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The Government is to inject more than N300 million into the primary healthcare to enhance delivery to people the .

Prof. Augustine Umoh, the Commissioner for Health, said this an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Uyo on .

Umoh also said that the government had concluded to revive its primary healthcare through the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund by paying its counterpart funding to access the fund.

He said the basic healthcare provision fund would help to get the primary healthcare back on track to ensure effective healthcare delivery.

The commissioner said that the fund would also help to implement more equitable and efficient health care financing to essential services to the most vulnerable members of the .

“The primary healthcare is receiving quite some boost right now because the state government has established the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

“To ensure it functions, government has released its counterpart funding so that it will be able to meet the requirement of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.

“We have commenced training for enumerators to be able to access primary healthcare, provides criteria for to meet the basic healthcare provision fund.

“This basic healthcare provision fund would help to get primary healthcare system back once activation is done at the shortest possible time.

“We will immediately inject over N300 million into the primary healthcare system and we believe this will give a significant boost to the primary healthcare in the state,’’ Umoh said.

The commissioner said the Ikot Ekpene General Hospital undergoing rehabilitation for effective and efficient healthcare delivery system to the people.

“Government is going to appropriate equipment and personnel when the rehabilitation is completed.

“We have a 200-bed facility in the hospital and we have enough hands to deliver services. The state government is ready to employ more health personnel, especially consultants,’’ he said.

On -19, the commissioner said that the first phase of vaccination in the state had been concluded.

Umoh said the state received 69, 030 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine the Federal Government for the first phase of the jab and appealed to the residents to continue to abide by the protocols.