The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has concluded plans to establish Primary Health Care Board to upscale the provision of healthcare at the grassroots.
FCT Minister of state, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu made this known in Abuja at a sensitisation workshop for members of the FCT traditional council of chiefs, officials of the Health and Human Services Secretariat on the implementation Primary health care at the grassroots.
Represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Professor Mohammed Usman, the FCT Minister of state explained that measures had been put in place by the FCT administration towards achieving Universal health coverage for its citizens especially in rural communities.
She said selected clinics in the six (6) area councils have been upgraded to Primary Health Centres.
The lead consultant of the project Mr Reginald BobManuel said the goal for establishing Primary Healthcare Board as a governance structure was to facilitate the realisation of the concept of Primary Health care under one roof in the FCT.
He explained that Primary Health Care system was anchored on the principle of equitable distribution and community participation hence the involvement of the traditional institution.
He said fifty five (55) communities and eleven words (11) in the FCT would benefit from the first phase of the programme.
The Ona of Abaji and chairman FCT Council of traditional rulers Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa urged traditional rulers in the FCT and stakeholders involved in the project to ensure it success.
There were goodwill messages from the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, UNICEF and other stakeholders.