mental careAnambra State Government says plans have been concluded to establish Primary Healthcare Centres in the three hundred and twenty–six wards across the twenty–one local government areas of the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike stated this in a workshop organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with a non-governmental organization, in Awka.

He explained that the intervention was introduced by the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano to bring healthcare services to the grassroots. Dr. Akabuike said the intervention would be spearheaded by the state Primary Health Care Development Agency. The Commissioner claimed that already, no fewer than sixty-three primary healthcare centers in the state had been upgraded to a world class standard.

Dr. Akabuike who appealed to those deployed to such healthcare facilities to be dedicated, frowned at a situation where some stakeholders in the health sector in the state would be working against the state government’s efforts at implementing policies that would benefit the masses. The Director of a non-government organisation, Mr. Okey Onyeka called for an increased budget in the health sector and a regular presentation of budget performance in the sector to enable stakeholders to evaluate it.

Mr. Onyeka expressed dissatisfaction with the state of a Mental Neurological Centre in the state, saying that it needed an urgent attention.He called on the state government to renovate the mental care facility situated at Nawfia community, stressing that it had no good security, no effective water supply, its structures were dilapidated and threatened by gully erosion as well could not handle the number of patients coming for attention.