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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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Emi Umaru Clinic Where Health Inequity Thrives

Adamu Jiya is the only health worker in the only health facility in Emi Umarua rural community in Gbako Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. But having only one health worker to attend to all their health needs is not the only challenge residents of the community have to contend with when it comes […]

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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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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 […]