BY RABI’U ISHAQ MUHAMMAD
Bauchi State House of Assembly has promised to address the challenges militating against the effective performance of the primary healthcare sector in the state.
It said, in addressing the challenges, adequate legislation would be made in line with the provision of the National Health Act.
The Committee Chairman on Health and Human Resources of the State assembly Lawal Dauda, stated this when he led other members of the Committee for an oversight function to same Primary Health Care Centers in the State.
He said the 10th state assembly would build a strong partnership with development partners as well as effective legislation to improve primary healthcare.
Lawal Dauda pointed out that with the required collaboration, the sector can be made to function optimally for the best interest of the state.
The Chairman of the health Committee noted that despite its undeniable importance, PHC is facing many challenges, ranging from shortages of skilled health workers and limited demand for PHC services, Electrical power supply as well as staff Quarters among others.
According to him, effective legislations plays a central role in shaping and strengthening the health system through well-tailored and contextualized laws and policies.
Lawal Dauda listed others to include ensuring sustainable financing for healthcare, ensuring that it receives the resources it needs to provide quality services, leveraging lawmakers oversight function to expedite investments in the education, training, and addressing the critical shortage of healthcare providers in underserved areas, among others.
Members of the committee, Sale Hodi representing Disina, Ahmed Maikudi Yahaya of Chiroma constituency, Hamza Sa’idu representing Toro/Jama’a constituency and Bello Sarkin Jadori of Gamawa Constituency said stakeholders must recognise the critical role played by both the legislative arm and the health agencies in transforming the healthcare landscape.
The last Primary health care centers visited by the committee are Chinade in Gamawa and that of Gumau in Toro Local government areas respectively.