The executive secretary of Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr George Ugwu, says the strides being recorded by the agency are a result of Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s passion for the health sector.
According to him, Gov Ugwuanyi aided the state Healthcare Reform Law of 2017 which birthed the state primary healthcare development agency.
According to him, “He made the Healthcare Reform Law of 2017, which gave rise to the establishment of this agency and its board.
He selected some of us to handle some of these programmes. If there is a disease outbreak or a challenge, if you are not on top of your game, he will notice it and put you on the edge. We are always on the edge to meet his passion and zeal to elevate the primary healthcare in the state.
“The entire state is our constituency. We are not only focusing on the big men. We are even giving more attention to the poorest of the poor in rural areas. We are concerned that healthcare of the rural dwellers needs to improve. What we are doing is to make sure that primary healthcare keeps getting better by the day.
Some weeks ago, Enugu State played host to the federal minister of health and the executive director of the Primary Healthcare in the entire country. They came here to inaugurate the South East Traditional Rulers Committee on Health. The committee was inaugurated so that traditional rulers will continue to take the lead in mobilizing their subjects in the area of primary healthcare.”
He said the state also partners international agencies to ensure adequate health care services for the people.
In his words, “Healthcare delivery, especially primary healthcare, survives on partnership. If you see us do programmes like Covid-19 immunization or other vaccinations, these vaccines are procured and given to us free by partners. If you talk about how we keep our vaccines, the equipment and other things, the state government is procuring some but much of the equipment we are using is procured by partners.
They even help us to give some transport stipends to immunization workers. They come here and work with us. We work with partners as they remain part of the main core of our work.”