The re-appointment of Dr. Usman Mohammed-Adis as the Executive Chairman of the Nasarawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NSPHDA, for a second term was no surprise to many, considering his antecedents in the agency.
Recall that Governor Abdullahi Sule had recently approved Mr Adis’ reappointment, following the expiration of his first term of five years in office.
Mr Adis reappointment followed the governor’s very cursory look at his antecedents without sentiment or political coloration.
Recall that before Mr Adis first appointment, the state Primary Health Care system was largely characterized by inefficient service delivery, which contributed much less to the attainment of better health outcomes.
At some point in time, the PHC system in the state was practically comatose with the majority of the facilities in shambles – collapsed infrastructure, zero medical consumables and poor staff welfare.
There was also a high level of despondency among the workers as most of them had to resort to buying and selling of their own drugs to keep the facilities running with minimal services.
This also resulted in a loss of confidence in the system with the patronage of the facilities stood low, mainly by the very poor and helpless citizens who could not afford any other means of getting decent healthcare.
The result of this was that the health indices of the state became very poor; arguably among the worst in the country.
But with the coming of Mr Adis, the narrative took a different dimension as he brought development to the sector in the form of disruptive healthcare policies that moved the health agenda of the state forward.
His first tenure practically gave the PHC system in the state a new lease of life with remarkable improvement in the quality of care in all the facilities across the state.
His case is a metaphor for destiny because he brought in a significant improvement such that the state became a reference point for Primary Health Care, PHC, systems in Nigeria.
Dr Adis is an extraordinary gentleman whose footprints are literally everywhere in the health sector in the state.
To talk about Dr Adis requires a thesis. He is a gentle, proud achiever, and among the six most influential and result-oriented personalities in the state. He believes in attaining efficiency.
He is truly an iconic figure of modern times.
In fact, before his coming, most of the facilities were in the category of health posts, which are the lowest level of PHC with dilapidated structures.
However, with good leadership style, teamwork and other various interventions from the state government and donor partners, this narrative has changed tremendously.
Though the state is still not where it wants to be in terms of minimum standards for PHC, Mr Adis made sure that in every ward of the state, there is now a functional PHC facility that operates as autonomous entities, in line with the global best practice of performance-based financing.
At present, the state now has 770 PHCs.
Again, the state is one of the few if not the only state with the Control Room that monitors the activities of the facilities.
Mr Adis has also developed an institution of financial management and accountability including the development of a financial management manual and finance tracking tools as well as a Finance Control Room.
Mr Adis is a true and peaceful leader, as well as a bridge-builder whose immense contributions to the unity, peaceful coexistence and development of the society is not only reckoned within the state but in the country and beyond.
His acumen and leadership style made his colleagues from other states elect him as the Chairman of Forum of State Primary Health Care Development Agencies.
The first tenure of Dr. Adis could be described as a gift from God to humanity, saying his 5 years has positively impacted the state, considering the rapid transformation in the state PHCs.
He was also able to instill patriotism, discipline and understanding among the primary health facilities personnel in the state.
He has also promoted the values and professionalism of the health practitioners through his widespread consultations with partners and donor agencies.
Now, with his re-appointment for a second tenure, it is believed that the health sector in the state would witness another milestone of achievements such as the creation of more opportunities for donor agencies to invest in the state, especially with his prudent management of resources.