Expert identifies cause of 80% deaths in rural communities
From Musa Abunaka, Jos
Doctor Tolu Fakeye of the National Hospital Abuja, has disclosed that poor implementation of Primary Health Care (PHC) policies has been a major factor that leads to 80 per cent deaths in rural communities in Nigeria
According Fakeye, among findings of an investigation that led to poor implementation of PHC policies in the country include lack of sincere and adequate commitment in governance and ownership, minimum service package, repositioning of existing and new structures and human resource for health.
He added that PHC system development operation guidelines, sustainable funding and office set-up are also contributive factors to the poor implementation of the policies.
He stated this at the 8th Annual Conference of Scientific Conference and General Meeting of the Epidemiological Society of Nigeria, themed: “Enhancing Implementation Science through EpidemiologicalRresearch (EPISON),” held in Jos.
In his paper presentation tagged; “A Scooping Mission on Primary Health Care Under One Roof in Nigeria,” said working under different roofs the policies were not properly implemented.
“When primary health care started in Nigeria, many African countries did come to learn how the services were applied, but due to poor implementation of policies Nigerian performance declined.”
He added that Nigeria used to score up to 82 per cent in terns of performance, but now hardly scores 50 per cent.
Earlier, the conference Chairman, Dr, Michel Asuzu, frowned at the level at which the primary health care policies are run.
“To address the problem of primary health care services is to first address our local health care problems. That is, we have to give adequate training to our local staff and by doing so we can meet both the national and regional standards,” he said.