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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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Thought Leadership

Expanding PHC Funding Frontiers: Key Takeaways From the 2022 PHC Financing Forum

From the ‘Re-imagining Primary Health Care’ summit in April 2022 to the commitment made by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) — in August of the same year to increase funding for primary health care and recently, the Primary Health Care (PHC) Financing Forum in October, Nigeria’s PHC system appears to be receiving a great deal more attention. […]

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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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Community Health Watch

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

Babban Rami PHC: Health Workers Need Support from the Government

Babban Rami, a rural community in Mashegu Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, has a Primary Health Centre (PHC) that provides healthcare services to the community members and other surrounding settlements. However, the PHC is too small to meet the health needs of the teeming population in its catchment area. According to Mohammed Bello, […]

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Community Health Watch

Tiwugi Clinic: One Health Worker and No Essentials

Tiwugi is a remote community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. The community’s only health clinic provides antenatal, delivery, immunisation and community outreach services, among others. However, only one health worker does all these – Abdullahi Haruna the officer in charge of the clinic. Haruna said he has tried his best to […]

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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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Thought Leadership

The State of States on Primary Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria

It is no secret that the state of primary healthcare in Nigeria is poor. Decades of neglect by state and local governments, whose responsibility it is to provide primary healthcare services in the country, have resulted in inefficient and poor-quality primary healthcare service delivery across the country. Every day, vulnerable people, including pregnant women and […]

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Community Health Watch

Code Red: Katakpa Community Health Facility Needs a Reset

Katakpa is a rural farming community in Lapai Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. Due to years of neglect, the only health facility in the community is now barely functional. Mohammed Shuaibu, a community member said, “there are no health workers here. They left because according to them they were not being paid salaries. […]

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Community Health Watch

Human Resource, a Critical Need for Dawakiji Health Clinic

Dawakiji Basic Health Clinic in Dawakiji community of Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area (LGA) of Kano State provides healthcare services to the residents of Dawakiji and neighbouring communities. According to Idris Bashir Kode, the officer in charge of the clinic, the community members, especially women, patronise the health facility for antenatal care (ANC). The building […]

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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 […]