The Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu has revealed that Anambra State is one of the few states that received the Basic Health Provision Fund in Nigeria.
Correspondent, David Okpokwasilu reports that Dr Ezenyimulu made the revelation at Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area at the flag off of the integrated mass vaccination against Yellow Fever disease and Meningitis A.
She explained that the fund which is one percent of the consolidated revenue of the Federation will be shared among states for primary health care activities using the one-PHC per ward approach.
According to her, one hundred and seventy-six approved primary health centers have received the fund directly from the Central Bank of Nigeria through remita paid directly into the health facility account.
She further explained that the benefitting health centers have applied the fund to procuring basic medical equipment, drugs and supplies while carrying out minimal repairs of infrastructure to give the centers a facelift.
Dr Ezenyimulu announced that the state government is already driving towards bridging the gaps and minimum requirements for the remaining one hundred and fifty-six health centers in the state to benefit from the programme.
While commended Governor Willie Obiano for assisting the health centers qualify for the funds, Dr Ezenyimulu also appreciated the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children Fund and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency for being reliable partners and in ensuring that people at the grassroots have easier access to basic health care.