Bayo Oyewale, Lokoja.
As part of efforts to ensure that the people of Kogi State enjoy
unfettered access to Primary Health Care Services, the State
Government has drafted and presented bill to the State House of
Assembly for a passage into law for smooth operations.
The Executive Director of Kogi State Primary Health Care Development
Agency, Dr. Abubakar Yakubu who disclosed this while speaking at world
press conference in Lokoja on Thursday, commended the State Government
for its quest to reposition the Primary Health care Services in the
Yakubu explained that Kogi State Primary Health Care Development
Agency was saddled with responsibility to oversee policy formulation,
decision making process, planning, promoting and evaluation of primary
health care Services in the State.
The Executive Director pointed out that the agency is currently facing
some teething problems occasioned by lack of proper structure as
demanded by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency,
adding that one of the major challenges is that “We are facing the
absence of enabling law”
This according to him, is to adopt the National Health Care policies
and programmes that strengthen and guarantee access to effective and
affordable helath care services in the State.
Dr. Yakubu also commended the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for
Board of Primary Health Care and appointment of governing board for
the agency, stressing that the National Primary Health Care Agency
(NPHCDA) considered the appointment of Board of Primary Health Care
Development Agencies as major score card for the state government
because it is the concrete steps towards establishment of Primary
Health Care under one roof.
He added that the last six (6) months the agency in conjunction with
the State Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, National
Primary Health Care Development Agency and other Development partner
conducted a reactive vaccination in Yagba West and Yagba East
“The second phase of the vaccination campaign covered Lokoja and Kabba
Local Government Areas purposely to prevent the outbreak of yellow
fever that occurred in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
“In the course of continuous investigation, vaccination and feedback
on yellow fever outbreak, the agency, State Ministry of Health, Wolrd
Health Organization and other Development Partners decided to scale up
vaccination to cover the other 17 Local Government Area in the State.
World Health Organization was also impressed with our work and score
the state very high on the success of the exercise. I make bold to say
that all things being equal, we don’t expect outbreak of yellow fever
in the next 40 years in Kogi State.