Peter Uzoho who visited the Primary Health Centre in Ohoba in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, reports that the centre has been reduced to housing stray goats due to years of neglect
The ultimate aim of conceptualising and setting up Primary Health Centres (PHC) in communities is to provide quality and affordable healthcareto the people as part of government’s mandate to them.
Realising this, it is expected that while setting up these critical institutions, government will ensure that basic structures are put in place to meet the objectives. Specifically, it is expected that these PHCs will be made functional by equipping them with the necessary facilities, qualified medical personnel (doctors, midwives and nurses), ensuring seamless provision of standard drugs, and effective management system. Also it is expected that government will ensure the sustainability of these critical institutions by continuously monitoring them through relevant agencies.
Unfortunately, the sooner these PHCs are set up, the sooner they are abandoned by the government.