…Over 8,000 million naira accessed within two years yet no improvement – Umeh lamented
…All our core 2022 programs will be effectively carried out
By: IFEANYI Okonkwo
Chairman House Committee on health and member representing Aguata 1 constituency at the Anambra State House of Assembly Hon. Carta Dike Umeh has expressed dissatisfaction and worries over the state of the Primary Health Care Agency (PHCA) in Anambra State.
Hon. Umeh while addressing executive secretary Anambra PHCA Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulo and her team at the 2022 reverse budget defense in Awka said the best you can do for a constituent is to excess health care.
“I have taken time to go around my constituency, I cannot give you an assurance that am satisfied with what I have seen. Umeh lamented
” Am worried about all these monies that have been accessed (More than eight hundred million from 2020-2022) and placed in these various facilities within two years and yet nothing to be showed about it.
“I am not convinced that the PHCA has done well. Moving forward, the solution is here. We have a new government and I tagged it SMS “Soludo Must Succeed” and we have to get it right these time around.
However, Hon. Onyebuchi Ofor, members representing Ekwusigo constituency and Hon. Nonso Smart Okafor who is representing Nnewi North constituency commended Mrs
Ezenyimulo for her intervention when they reached out to her.
Speaking with correspondents in an interview after the defense, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulo explained further stating that
“The basic health care provision funds is contained in the national health act of 2014 which says that one percent of the consolidated revenue of the federation should go to primary health care.
“Anambra was able to excess these funds because the state has functional primary health care maintenance and insurance agency.
” We run a drug revolving funds which ensures that all our facilities have drugs at any giving point in time and it’s wrong for any nurse at the PHCA to use her personal money to buy drugs.
“In our blue print for 2022, we want to ensure that our core programs which are immunization, nitration, health education and intergrated management of childhood illnesses are carried out effectively in all the 21 local government areas of Anambra State where we are in charge of the primary health care facilities.
“We have mapped out critical activities from national Immunization plus days, and the maternal newborn health week which will hold twice in a year. We also have Covid-19 vaccination, which we are currently doing the scale up.
“We are involving all the 326 wards in other to ensure that covid-19 vaccination is going on in every semotanously at the grassroots