The House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled plans to investigate the operations of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) to ascertain its level of compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Recall that Federal Government had during the flag-off of the rehabilitation of 10,000 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in 2016, assured that the project will be completed within two years.
The House passed the resolution following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Wole Diya (APC-Lagos), who stressed the need for establishment of more primary healthcare centres in all rural communities and adequately equip them to function effectively.
In leading the debate, Wole Diya, stressed the importance of the primary healthcare system which should not be trifled with.
The lawmaker who bemoaned the appalling state of the Primary Healthcare system especially in the rural areas of the nation, expressed regrets over the plight of thousands of Nigerians left to their own ill fates and with no funds for alternative solutions which are normally expensive.
To this end, he called for the intervention of the House by probing these agencies of Primary Healthcare to which funds must have been and continue to be appropriated.
In her contribution, Rita Orji, chairperson, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs stated that at the declaration of a new healthcare policy that promised better health through construction of new Primary Healthcare units, Nigerians were elated, but to their dismay nothing has been done.
She stated that old primary health care units abandoned can be renovated if new ones are not forthcoming.
On his part, Sergius Ogun, acting Chairman House Committee on FCT lamented the poor state of Primary Healthcare centers in the grass-root communities of Nigeria, this he stated added to the already heavy burden of the people, especially those in the rural areas.
Also speaking, Chris Azubogu proposed an amendment to involve State Legislators to ensure State Governments are held accountable where it is deemed fit.
To this end, Speaker Yakubu Dogara mandated the Committee on Healthcare Services to investigate the operations of NPHDA with the view to ascertain its level of compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.
KEHINDE AKINTOLA, Abuja