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Danbare Community Seeks the Opening of a ‘Newly-Built’ PHC

Danbare community has a well-constructed Primary Health Center (PHC) however, community members have not been able to access the facility as it has remained closed since completion, about a year ago. Although Danbare is one of the most populous communities in Kano State’s Kumbotso Local Government Area (LGA), most residents, particularly pregnant women, have nowhere […]

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Community Health Watch

NiCare and The BHCPF Give Edokota PHC a New Look

After years of wear and tear, the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Edokota, a farming community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State was renovated in 2022 with funds from the Niger State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (NiCare) and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). Before then, the PHC which provides […]

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Sommazhiko PHC: Renovated But Still More Work to Do

It is safe to say that Sommazhiko community in Gbako Local Government Area, Niger State, is one fortunate community as the Sommazhiko Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) was recently renovated using funds from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) and the Niger State Contributory Health Care Agency (NiCARE). However, the facility is still facing challenges. […]

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Primary Healthcare Financing Forum to discuss the role of states in PHC Financing in Nigeria

Health Commissioners across the country under the auspices of the Nigeria Health Commissioners’ Forum will be holding a 2-day program tagged Primary Healthcare Financing Forum to discuss the role of states in PHC Financing in Nigeria. It will be held on the 5th and 6th of October, 2022 in Abuja as a hybrid event with […]

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Rofia Community: Where Healthcare Access is an Ordeal.

The Primary health Centre (PHC) in Rofia, a rural community in Agwara Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, was built several years ago to meet the healthcare needs of community members. However, after years of neglect, this health facility has been abandoned by health workers, forcing community members to seek healthcare in faraway Kebbi […]

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Thought Leadership

A Strong Catalyst: Strengthening Primary Health Care through Local Government Reforms

By Sunday Ehigiator (Lead Writer) The local government system created in 1976 is still the closest form of government to the grassroots. However, historically, most Primary Health Centres (PHCs) managed at the local government level, are ill equipped to provide the required quality of care. While multiple programmes have been designed to improve access to […]

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Community Health Watch

Karamin Rami Community: Forced to Assess Healthcare from a Small Shop

After years of neglect, the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Karamin Rami, a rural community in Mashegu Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, shut down five years ago. It can no longer provide healthcare services to the community members. The PHC is nothing but a dilapidated structure, as there is no roofing, no equipment […]

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Community Health Watch

Madangen Clinic: A Perfect Picture of Health Inequity

Madangen is a mainly agrarian community under Tungan Wawa ward in Kontagora Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. The community members are unable to readily access quality health care as the only health clinic is in a bad state of disrepair and has been so for over five years, said Yunusa Imam, a health […]

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Community Health Watch

Tungan Gari Clinic: When it Rains, it Pours

The Tungan Gari clinic in Tungan Gari, a rural community in Kontagora Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, was built 30 years ago. According to Bashar Mohammed, the officer in charge of the facility, it is in a deplorable state, with so many challenges that it is no longer able to provide quality healthcare […]

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Community Health Watch

Kawo Clinic: A Ward is Not a Labour Room

If Primary Health Centres (PHC) operate at optimal capacity, they can cater to more than 80% of an individual’s healthcare needs. Sadly, Nigeria’s PHC system is riddled with so many challenges that this is hardly the case. Kawo is a rural community in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State. The community has a health […]

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Improving Primary Health Care in Kano State through Sustained Financing and a Strengthened Health Workforce

A shortage of well trained, and motivated Human Resources for Health (HRH) and inadequate funding are some of the challenges confronting Nigeria’s Primary Health Care (PHC) system. Against this backdrop, in June 2022, Nigeria Health Watch organised a policy dialogue on the theme “Strengthening Human Resources for Health and Achieving Sustainable Financing for Primary Health […]

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Community Health Watch

The Women in Unguwar Duniya Deserve Access to Quality Maternal Care

Pregnant women in some rural communities in Nigeria continue to suffer from the lack of adequate and quality maternal care due to lack of access to a healthcare facility or, where there is a healthcare facility, it often lacks the basic amenities to enable it function effectively. Pregnant women in Unguwar Duniya community, in Dawaki […]

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Community Health Watch

Somajigi PHC: Seeking a Resolution to its Multiple Challenges

Somajigi is a rural community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. A Primary Health Centre (PHC) was established to meet the health care needs of the residents of Somajigi and surrounding communities, but it lacks the necessary infrastructure to enable it function smoothly. Mohammed Chado, the officer in-charge of the PHC said […]

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Achieving a Minimum Service Package in Primary Health Care: The Kano State Roadmap

Over the years, Nigeria has developed various initiatives aimed at improving Primary Health Care (PHC) delivery in the country. One of such initiatives was the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) programme, launched in 2011 and designed to improve primary healthcare services through the integration of all PHC services delivered under one authority. The Minimum […]