Edo, foundation partner to improve primary healthcare

The Edo State Government has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with AIG-Imoukhuede Foundation and the Private Health Sector Alliance of Nigeria to revitalise Primary Health Centres in the state.

The tripartite agreement was for the revitalisation and provision of technical support for selected 18 primary healthcare centres in the state.

The Vice Chairman of the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation, Mrs. Ofovwe Aig-Imoukhuede said the signing of the agreement signified the commitment by all the parties to ensure improved healthcare outcomes for Edo State.

She said, “So, there is no disputing the fact that our country’s health system is fraught with many challenges including poor health infrastructure, shortage of manpower and weak system.

“Research shows that 85 per cent of primary healthcare centres in the country constitute all the clinics and hospitals only 20 of them are functioning and it is evident that there is a huge gap. It is also evident that the people at the grassroots are in desperate need of intervention.

“The government cannot do it all, PPP is the way forward. We are adopting a total of 23 Primary Healthcare Centres in Nigeria, 18 of which are in Edo State, and the first one is going to be in Sabogida-Ora which is our home here in Edo State”, Mrs. Ofovwe Aig-Imoukhuede stated.

Also, the MD/CEO of, the Private Health Sector Alliance of Nigeria, PHSAN, Dr Tinuola Akinbolagbe, said the essence of the agreement was to address specific healthcare challenges in Edo State.

“The Adopt-A-Healthcare Facility Programme is a strategic initiative aimed at revitalizing and establishing standard Primary Healthcare Centers across Nigeria. In the context of Edo State, the program focuses on the vital objective of refurbishing PHCs to address specific healthcare challenges in the state.

“18 Primary Healthcare Centres were carefully selected based on criteria such as the availability of Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, water and power supply, medical staff presence, and building conditions among others.

“The initial stage PHCs for revitalization include Atoruru PHC in Sabongida-Ora, Evbuodia PHC in Oredo, Uteh PHC in Iwogban, and Idunmungha PHC in Uhunmwode. These PHCs were chosen based on compliance with outlined criteria, ensuring that adopted facilities align with the program’s mission of providing support to those in dire need”, Dr. Tinuola explained.

The Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie, expressed confidence in the initiative, noting that the agreement would impact significantly on the primary healthcare system in Edo State.

He enjoined the foundations to visit the Edo State School of Health Technology to help in training manpower.

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