Strengthening PHC Systems

Nigeria’s health care system is weak, ranking a dismal 187 out of 191 WHO member countries.

 

One of the main reasons for the weak health system is the dysfunctional state of the Primary Health Care Services –  the foundation and cornerstone of any nation’s health system.

 

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic represents a major public health crisis that is now compounding an already bad situation. Frontline Health care workers are at the greatest risk of contagion because they constantly come in contact or care for patients, whether confirmed or not with COVID-19.

 

Our efforts as an organization, focus on providing sustainable solutions that would improve the Health and socio-economic status of Africans. We work to promote health and support the #UnitedNations agenda on  #SDG3 Target 8 – Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by providing affordable and sustainable access to high-quality healthcare services and products to underserved communities in developing countries in Africa.

 

It is to this background that CeSAHA embarked on a community-based health intervention project tagged “Strengthening PHC Systems”. We recently adopted IKATE Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Lekki, Lagos State with the goal to substantially improve community health in a sustainable manner through enhancing the capability and capacity of the PHC to provide the catchment population with essential community health services in line with the PHC act and the WHO framework of 6 Health System Strengthening elements.

 

Phase 1 of the project: Two surveys were carried out; The first survey is to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) and risk levels of health care workers with respect to COVID-19. The second survey was focused on the assessment of the Facility Management system. We discovered that one of the challenges they face is the unavailability of essential PPE items needed to protect themselves adequately during this pandemic.

 

On August 11, 2020, CeSAHA team led by Opeyemi Aladekoyi, the Program Officer and Uche Jones, donated essential Personal Protective Equipment & items which included Liquid Hand wash, Hand Sanitizers, Infrared thermometers, surgical masks, gloves and face shields.

 

 

 

Dr Balogun, Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of Eti-Osa Local government Area, alongside Mrs Adesiyan (the Apex nurse), the doctors and other Healthcare workers HCWs in the centre were available to receive the items.

The second phase of the project is ongoing.

 

More details would be shared soon.

 

Our desire is to adopt more PHCs in Lagos State to impact a wider population.