1 An international advocacy and campaigning organisation, ONE Campaign, has rated Enugu as the second highest performing state in Primary Healthcare Service Delivery in Nigeria from 2019 to 2021.
The group is also a non-partisan, non-profitable that fights extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa through public awareness, among others.
2 The Country Director of One Campaign in Nigeria, Mr Stanley Achonu, stated this during the presentation of award of recognition to the Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ENSPHCDA), Dr George Ugwu on Monday in Enugu.
4 Achonu disclosed that ONE Campaign was also a global movement that “pressurizes political leaders to support policies and programmes that are saving lives and improving futures”.
5 According to him, the National Advocates for Health, Nigeria Health Watch, Public Private Development Centre, World Bank and other partners, worked together in the ranking of the 36 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
6 The Country Director maintained that Enugu State had done extremely well in Primary Healthcare Service Delivery to deserve the award.
7 He, therefore, lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for making primary healthcare delivery a priority of his administration in the overall interest of residents of the state, especially those residing in the rural areas.
8 The Executive Secretary of ENSPHCDA, Dr Ugwu, was equally applauded for the successes the agency recorded so far, including its great impact in safeguarding the health of the residents of the state.
9 This, he said, included its fight against Yellow Fever, Cholera, COVID-19 pandemic, and all childhood related diseases, which earned Enugu State the award.
10 Addressing newsmen after unveiling the prestigious award to Gov. Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, Dr Ugwu expressed gratitude to the governor for providing the needed support and enabling environment.
11 The support, he added had made the attainment of the excellent performance that led to this recognition and award possible.
12 Ugwu who explained that Enugu State came behind the FCT which was ranked first in Primary Healthcare Service Delivery in Nigeria, pointed out that Enugu was ranked the best among all the 36 states in the country.
13 Commending Gov. Ugwuanyi further for the enviable feat, Ugwu disclosed that the governor “since 2015 has consistently made primary healthcare service delivery a priority in line with his rural development agenda”.
14 He expressed delight that the positive results of his administration’s huge investment in the health sector are becoming obvious and being cherished at national and international levels.
15 According to him, the unique and outstanding Type-3 Primary Health Centres which are now functional in many parts of the state and the improvement of primary healthcare programmes have been remarkably innovative and impacting in Enugu State.
16 “This include services with implementation of the basic healthcare services and provision of funds,” Ugwu said.
17 He further stressed that the assessment leading to the recognition was conducted by a group of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and their international partners under the guidance of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.