The Federal Government has announced it is ready to construct functioning and standard primary health centres in all South West states.
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made this known on Thursday at the inauguration of the South-West Traditional Leaders’ Committee on Public Health Delivery, which took place at the Ooni of Ile-Ife palace.
The minister, during the inauguration, explained that the present government was aware of the roles of traditional rulers, and this prompted the establishment of the committee.
Ehanire said the FG has promised to build functional and standard Primary Health Centres in all states across the South-West region.
He added that the model and the location would be chosen by the health committee.
“The facility will be equipped with standard Staff Quarters, Solar-Powered Borehole, a Keke Ambulance and other basic facilities. We are proud to be working with you and we hope to achieve a lot together,” the minister added.
UNICEF’s Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, also present at the inauguration, pledged the organisation’s commitment to quality public health delivery in the country especially in the areas of routine immunisation for the children and other vital areas.
The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, in his speech, called for more support from Nigerians, particularly the traditional leaders.
“We are aware of your might as leaders and we want your support in order for us to serve Nigerians better. You did it in the creation of awareness against the Polio virus till we swept it off the shores of Nigeria and even now with Covid-19, it is evident that you can do it again.” Faisal said.
Health experts including representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Rotary among others were in attendance at the inauguration.
Other traditional rulers across Yoruba land present were the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Soliu Adetunji; Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe; and the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, among others.