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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 Multiples 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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Torchlight Series

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 […]

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Community Health Watch

Tungan Habu Primary Health Centre: A Human Right Violation

Tungan Habu is a rural community in Madara ward of Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State. The community has a Primary Health Centre (PHC) that serves more than 10 other communities, however health workers at the PHC are grappling with so many facility-related challenges that its hampering their ability to effectively do their job. […]

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Community Health Watch

We have a health facility, but no health workers: Ashuwa community cries out.

In 2012, a Primary Health Centre (PHC)) was built for the people of Ashuwa community, a rural community in Magama Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. This was a welcome development as, for the first time ever, they were able to access their healthcare needs with ease. Before the PHC was built, community members […]

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Community Health Watch

Improved Uptake of Antenatal Services at Jido Primary Healthcare Centre

Jido Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) stands in the middle of Jido community of Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State. This is quite significant as the PHC, which was refurbished in 2017 by the European Union Support to Immunisation Governance in Nigeria (EU-SIGN) project, provides maternal services, immunisation, and family planning services to […]

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Community Health Watch

Inadequate Antenatal and Family Planning Commodities at Maternal and Child Health Clinic, Gwada

Maternal and Child Health Clinic (MCH) Gwada is the only government owned primary health centre (PHC) in Gwada community of Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. MCH Gwada was designed to provide maternal and child health services to this and other neighbouring communities. But, owing to the consistent lack of antenatal medications and […]

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Community Health Watch

UTACCHU Primary Health Centre: How Did it Get this Bad?

Utacchu Primary Health Centre (PHC) was built years ago to meet the healthcare needs of the members of Utacchu Community in Kontagora Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. As a result of years of neglect, everything in the PHC is either broken or rundown and currently, both health workers and community members have abandoned […]

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Community Health Watch

The Women of Yar Gaya Community Deserve to Give Birth in Dignity

Yar Gaya Primary Health Centre (PHC) is a health facility in Yar Gaya community in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State. Established 42 years ago, the PHC is plagued by so many challenges that it now only provides skeletal services, leaving community members with no option but to travel long distances in […]

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Thought Leadership Series

Keeping Professor Ransome-Kuti’s Dream Alive: Re-imagining Primary Health Care in Nigeria

By Bashar Abubakar and Ibukun Oguntola (Lead Writers) There is global consensus for countries to have a strong health system that is resilient and responsive to the healthcare needs of its people. However, any efforts to strengthen health systems must begin at primary health care level, as it is the foundation of a nation’s healthcare […]

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Community Health Watch

Matandi PHC: Only a Total Renovation will do.

It is not hard for a first-time visitor to Matandi Primary Health Centre (PHC) to imagine it as the well-built, well equipped health centre it once was, positioned to meet the health needs of the people of Matandi community in Magama Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. But that was in the past. The […]

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Community Health Watch

Here’s why The Government Should Renovate Saidu Namaska Primary Health Centre

For any person seeking to ascertain how well a Primary Health Centre (PHC) operates, the best people to speak to are the health workers in the facility, as well as the patients, preferably pregnant women, who use it more frequently than other community members. Wasila Bala is a health worker at Saidu Namaska PHC in […]

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Torchlight Series

Beyond a building: Overcoming Barriers to Accessing Primary Healthcare in Sauka Community

Water, electricity and good roads are some of the basic amenities every community needs to thrive, while health and education are the foundations of a productive society. Communities that lack these services often experience challenges as their absence slows down development. Indigenous communities in the Federal Capital Territory are amongst the most underserved in terms […]

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Torchlight Series

Beji Primary Health Centre: Leveraging the Basic Health Care Provision Fund to Improve Service Delivery

“We received one million naira from October 2020 to February 2022”, said Halima Musa, the officer in charge of Beji Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Bosso Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. Proudly pointing out the facility’s solar-powered underground borehole and tank, Musa explained that a part of the funds was used to fix […]