The Ogun State Government is poised to reposition Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), with the deployment of Information Technology (IT) for easy access, diagnosis and optimal service delivery in facilities across the State.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker stated this in a chat with newsmen in Abeokuta, revealing that the people would begin to enjoy benefits from the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHPF), as another batch of 50 PHCs would be renovated, equipped and adequately staffed.
She noted that the Centers would be expanded to cater for the treatments of common ailments and diseases such as malaria, diabetes and High Blood Pressure, while children under 5 years and elderly people, would also receive health care services at no cost, saying the aim was to bring healthcare delivery closer to the people.
“We are determined to change the story of PHC system in the State. We are hoping to do another 50 in the next phase. In the past, PHCs are known for taking deliveries but now, PHCs will be expanded to include services for both male and female, treatments of common diseases and other essential healthcare services”, she said.
According to Dr. Coker, while government would not compromise quality and professionalism, it would drive recruitment from around communities, as well as attract National Youth Service Corps members deployed to the State, to beef up staff strength and service delivery.