Akwa Ibom Govt pumps N300m into healthcare
The Government of Akwa Ibom is to pump over N300 million into the state primary healthcare system to boost service delivery to people in the rural areas.
Health Commissioner Prof Augustine Umoh said the government had concluded plans to bring back to life its primary healthcare system through the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the basic healthcare provision fund would get the primary healthcare system back on track to ensure effective healthcare delivery.
The commissioner said the fund would also help to implement more equitable and efficient health care financing to provide essential services to the vulnerable.
“The primary healthcare is receiving quite some boost right now because the state government has established the Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency,” he said in Uyo on Tuesday. “To ensure it functions, government has released its counterpart funding so that it will be able to meet up with the requirement of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.”
Umoh said, “we will immediately inject over N300 million into the primary healthcare system and we believe this will give a significant boost to the primary healthcare in the state”.
The Commissioner said the Ikot Ekpene General Hospital was undergoing rehabilitation for an effective and efficient healthcare delivery system to the Akwa Ibom people.
“Government is going to provide appropriate equipment and personnel when the rehabilitation is completed.
“We have a 200-bed facility in the hospital and we have enough hands to deliver services. The state government is ready to employ more health personnel, especially consultants,” he said.
On COVID-19, the commissioner said that the first phase of vaccination in the state had been concluded.
He said the state received 69, 030 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from the federal government for the first phase of the jab and appealed to the residents to continue to abide by health guidelines.
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