A medical doctor working at the National Hospital Abuja, Tolu Fakeye, has stated that poor implementation of policies is responsible for the decline in the primary healthcare service deliveries in the country.
Speaking at the 8th annual scientific conference and general meeting of the Epidemiological Society of Nigeria, ESN, Mr Fakeye lamented that policies of primary healthcare under-one-roof were not fully implanted in the country.
According to him, Nigeria used to score up to 82 per cent in terms of performance, but now it hardly scores 50 per cent.
“When primary healthcare initiative started in Nigeria, many African countries did come to learn how the services were done, but due to poor implementation of policies, Nigerian performance declined,” Mr Fakeye stated.
Also speaking, the conference chairman, Dr Michel Asuzu, frowned at the level at which the primary health care policies are run, saying that giving adequate training to local staff was of great importance.
He said: “To address the problem of primary health care services in Nigerian, we need to first address our local healthcare problems.
“We have to give training to our local staff and by doing so, we can meet both the national and regional standards,” he added.
Mr Asuzu said members of the society should stop complaining, saying all stakeholders must work together and be proactive to achieve the desired objectives of primary health care services in the country.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the conference was supported by the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PACFaH@Scale.
The conference was aimed at proffering recommendations, as well as way forward for the intensification of advocacy to local government councils towards improving primary healthcare services in the country.