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Earlier this year, Kannywood Star Ali Nuhu and the ONE Campaign visited Kantudu community in Kano where they experienced first-hand, the stark reality of the health care crisis in Nigeria.

In Kantudu community, the health care centre is in tatters, ONE Campaign said. The centre lacks facilities, manpower and even medicine; women and children are the most vulnerable. With no ambulance in sight, the community employs the use of cows hitched to a cart to carry the ill to the medical centre.

According to the National Health Act 2014; all Nigerians shall be entitled to a basic minimum package of health services .Without this basic package of services, Nigerian mothers will continue to die at high rates during childbirth while others die from illnesses like diabetes, and the lack of emergency medical treatment for road traffic injuries.

Serah Makka-Ugbabe, the ONE in Nigeria Country Director said in a statement released in Abuja:

The Nigerian health sector remains in crisis. In the last decade we have not seen appreciable enhancements to the quality of healthcare for Nigerians. Instead, we have observed a decline. How long will we continue to accept such decay in the health sector? It is time for a step-change. It is time to ensure that all Nigerians have access to maternal, newborn, immunization, emergency and routine care at a minimum standard.



  1. RUKKY

    December 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    SAD…. HMMM

  2. Tosin

    December 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    so educational. we will do the right thing, very soon insha’Allah.

  3. Teea

    December 15, 2017 at 7:22 am

    This PHC even looks good. I’ve seen a lot of worse ones. Naija matter just tire person sometimes!

  4. 'Deola

    December 15, 2017 at 8:19 am

    What we have spent many political cycles treating are the symptoms of a disease. Until we figure out the right diagnosis we are forever doomed to battling with a hydra-headed monster a wrong diagnosis can never cure. The real challenge before this generation is to get the political system right in such a way that it frees up the energies and the enterprise of common people. Government is not the real issue, but the political system.

    The system is organised in such a way that it encourages hopelessness, mediocrity and dependency. That is why I think we need restructuring of the political system to promote competition. The natural transfer of skills and wealth production would happen in a system that supports an entrepreneurial culture. And we won’t feel helpless and castrated by hopelessness.

    Until we realise that we really don’t need government in the fashion we think we do we will continue to be poster children for World Vision and the survivors amongst us will continue to struggle to correct the narrative of a single story.

    Lack of PHC is the symptom of a disease. The way religiosity and churchiness is the symptom of a disease. What we need is a system that empowers us to thrive and be productive. The skills that enable people survive in modern life are not in government hands, but can be facilitated by government. I still think we can help ourselves if we change the culture.

  5. Amy

    December 15, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Most PHC centres are in deplorable states, under staffed and under equipped. The government is yet to fully understand that All the three tiers of our healthcare delivery system need to be up and doing for citizens to benefit from healthcare in Nigeria. If the workers in PHCs are not paid regularly, d PHCS are not well equipped, there will continue to be high rate of people visiting teaching hospitals for minor ailments that are ought to be treated in the PHC centres.
    Another suggestion is, the FGN should take more seriously the Midwives Service Scheme initiated during the President Yar’Adua’s era. Pay these young midwives their entitlement and you’ll see that they’ll gladly work. Imagine a midwife being owed salary for 7months? How is such a person expected to remain in her station? That being said, I commend the Lagos state govt for her contribution towards the growth and maintenance of PHC centres, there’s room for improvement.. and it’s my wish that other state govt will follow suit.
    I was privileged to do my Midwives Service Scheme in Lagos state and I was impressed(compared to other PHC centres I had earlier done my community postings in Edo state as a student midwife).
    Up until this moment, the FGN still owe myself and my colleagues 7 months allowance, despite the fact that the allowances were reduced to #30,000 due to the present finacial condition of the country.
    ‘Health for all’ is my continous prayer for the citizens of my country.

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