The National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria has called on Government at all levels to increase renumeration to its members towards enhancing primary health care delivery in rural areas.
The National President of the Association, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed made the call in his message to mark this year’s workers’ day.
Alhaji Mohammed who described community health practitioners as critical stakeholders in the growth of the country’s health sector also stressed the need for Government to give priority to the employment of more commuity health practitioners in most of the Primary Health Care Facilities nationwide.
According to him, this will enable the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs in the area of health care delivery most especially in rural areas.
While expressing concern over lack of accommodation for his members posted to rural areas, the National President called for the construction of more staff quarters for commuity health practitioners to enable them discharge their duties effectively.
“One of the major challenges facing my members most especially those posted to remote areas is accommodation, therefore, I will like both the Local, State and Federal Governments to look into the construction of staff quarters for my members nationwide to further encourage them to put in their best in the course of their duties” He stated
Alhaji Mohammed who expressed concern over the dilapidated condition of some health care centres in the country equally called for the rehabilitation and provision of necessary facilities in the nation’s Primary Health Care Centres.
“Most Primary Health Care Centres are nothing to write home about due to the dilapidated state of facilities and even the buildings hence the need for Government to give a face lift to them to ensure the well being of the people as we all know that health is wealth”, Alhaji Mohammed emphasized
He said for the present administration to achieve its set objectives in the health sector, adequate funding is key.
While congratulating commuity health practitioners on the occasion of this year’s workers’ day, the National President enjoined them to always be patriotic and uphold the ethics of the profession to enhance better service delivery to the citizens.
“We all owe a duty to our country Nigeria’ to give priority to the safety and survival of our patients by putting in our best and abide by the ethics as community health practitioners” He stressed
Alhaji Mohammed also advised them to always upgrade their knowledge to meet with the international standard in health practices.
By MATHEW AYOOLA