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Federal Capital Territory Abuja employs 203 midwives, extension workers

The Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, Ramatu Aliyu, says over 203 midwives and community health extension workers from the defunct Midwives Service Scheme and SURE-P programmes are being employed by the administration.

The minister, who stated this on Thursday at the launch of 12 kilowatts solar power mini-grid for primary healthcare centres in Karu, noted that the state of PHC infrastructure was adjudged unacceptably poor with the achievement of only 30 per cent of required minimum human resources for primary healthcare in 2018.

The FCT administration, she added, has articulated a three-year costed PHC Infrastructure Rehabilitation Plan involving over 100 of the 247 PHC facilities across the six area councils to change the narrative.

Represented by the acting Secretary of FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Iwot Ndaeyo, the minister noted that PHC infrastructure, electricity, water supply, vaccines storage and sanitary waste management system formed the performing elements used by the World Health Organisation to evaluate Health Care Access and Quality Index Assessment.

Aliyu called on primary healthcare stakeholders to support the PHC scheme development in the next three years and beyond.

According to a statement on Thursday by her Special Assistant on Media, Austine Elemue, the minister said, “To further boost our primary healthcare, 203 midwives and community health extension workers from the defunct Midwives Service Scheme and SURE-P programmes are being employed by the FCT Administration.

The FCTA is set for partners and PHC stakeholders to come in and support our PHC scheme development in the next three years and beyond.”

The minister, however, commended the Volsus Energy for the initiative and particularly, for partnering with the Federal Ministry of Power in the Volsus Solar for Health programme, stressing that the initiative was a clear demonstration of a successful inter-departmental and inter-sectoral collaboration which is one of the key principles of the PHC scheme.

She also added that the programme was designed to facilitate sustainable alternative energy system for the PHC system in the country using sustainable, cost-effective technology.

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