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This was the submission of health experts at the World Press Conference on Primary Healthcare, PHC Summit held in Abuja.
The summit by the ministry of health and the National Primary healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA had the private sector, and Development partners in attendance.
The experts identified transformation of primary healthcare centers as the major step in addressing preventable deaths in the health sector.
The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib said the summit, which focuses on Re-imagining PHC, will be implemented by a historic coalition of private sector leaders, international agencies, and government.
Dr Shuaib explained that the problems lack of primary health care cause dwarf the impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s population, as 128 of every 1,000 children under 5 in Nigeria die and 20% of global maternal deaths happen in Nigeria. It’s heart breaking, and we must treat it as the emergency it is.
He called for Investment in infrastructure and human Resources Which would be achievable if government and other private sector could make it a priority as seen in the fight for covid19.
The World Health Organization WHO, Country Representative, Dr Walter Molumbu stressed that Digitalizing public health surveillance would help in reforming the PHC which would in turn combat any future pandemic.
Representative of the Private Sector and the chairman Aig-Imoukhuede foundation, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede pledged continuous support of the sector in Achieving an improved healthcare service delivery in the country.