An international group, ONE Campaign, Monday, recognised Enugu as the second highest performing state in primary healthcare service delivery in Nigeria for 2019-2021.
The group is an advocacy and campaigning organisation that fights extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa through public awareness.
The group disclosed this when it presented the award of recognition to the executive secretary, Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ENSPHCDA), George Ugwu.
The award was presented by the group’s country director, Stanley Achonu.
Achonu commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for the excellent status of primary healthcare system in the state.
He said ONE Campaign is a global movement ‘pressuring political leaders to support policies and programmes that are saving lives and improving futures’, in partnership with the National Advocates for Health, Nigeria Health Watch, Public Private Development Centre, World Bank and other partners, adding that they jointly worked together in the ranking of the 36 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Achonu said Enugu State has done ‘extremely well in primary healthcare service delivery to deserve the award’.
He thanked Gov Ugwuanyi for making primary healthcare delivery a priority, especially those residing in the rural areas.
The executive secretary of ENSPHCDA, Mr Ugwu, was also commended for his agency’s impact ‘in safeguarding the health of the residents of the state, especially in the fight against Yellow Fever, Cholera, COVID-19 pandemic, and all childhood related diseases’.
Mr Ngwu said, “The unique and outstanding Type-3 Primary Health Centres which are now functional in many parts of the state and the improvement of primary healthcare programmes and services with implementation of the basic healthcare services as well as provision of funds have been remarkably innovative and impactful in Enugu State.”
Our correspondent gathered that the assessment leading to the recognition was conducted by a group of civil society organisations (CSOs) and their international partners under the guidance of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.