The Senate on Thursday passed a motion to increase budgetary allocation for the management of Primary Health Care (PHC) in Nigeria. The resolution of the Senate was based on a motion sponsored by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (APC Lagos Central) on the need to increase funding of PHC for the benefits of Nigerians.
Tinubu said funding of PHC became necessary because of the challenges associated with health management in the country. She said the health problems were traced to the low performance of PHC facilities. The senator added that available indicators from World Bank survey showed that the performance of PHC was being hampered by lack of financial resources, infrastructure deficit, lack of drugs, equipment and vaccines.
She said the failure of PHC and the belief that it is for low -income earners had resulted to an influx of patients to secondary and tertiary health care facilities.
The motion was co-sponsored by 108 other senators
The Senate, in addition to increase of the funding, urged the Ministry of Health to create awareness on benefits of health and life insurance. (NAN)