NLC asks Kogi to implement primary healthcare reform

The Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress has urged the state government to implement the national health policy known as ‘Primary Health Care Under One Roof’ for the benefits of its members and the state at large.

The state NLC Chairman, Edoka Onu, made the call on Monday when he led some labour leaders on a courtesy visit to the Executive Director, Kogi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, in his office in Lokoja.

Onu noted that the bill establishing the PHCUOR had since been passed by the state House of Assembly and signed into law by Governor Yahaya Bello.

He said the full implementation of PHCUOR would enable local government health workers to be moved to the state PHCDA, under one structure, programme and management.

 ‘’The NLC has keen interest in the speedy implementation of PHCUOR in Kogi State; and we are going to mobilise health workers at both the state and federal levels to join the crusade,” he said.

In his response, the Executive Director of KGPHCDA, Yakubu, said the agency shared in the union’s passion for the speedy implementation of PHCUOR, adding that bottlenecks had slowed the process down.

He said, “If this policy is implemented in Kogi, the Save One Million Lives will give the KGPHCDA the sum of $500, 000, for just moving the LG health workers to the agency.

‘’If the implementation is done fast, we will get the money before the end of this year.’

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