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AKSPHCDA partners USAID on Covid-19 fight as agency boss applauds Gov. Emmanuel on improved PHCS.

The Chairman of the Governing Board of the Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (AKSPHCDA), Dr. Martin Akpan, has applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel, for his approval for the renovation of some Primary Healthcare Centres that had infrastructural issues and could not qualify to access the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund to revitalize.

Dr. Akpan, made the commendation recently at the board room of the Agency when he played host to the leadership of the COVID-19/Tuberculosis unit of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that paid an advocacy visit to the state health Agency.

The health Agency Chairman, maintained that the renovation will aid more of the primary healthcare centres to get the needed funds to revitalize its facilities adding that after due conversations with relevant stakeholders, the Agency may utilise part of the funds to engage trained midwives and Community Health Influencers and Promoters (CHIPs) to checkmate manpower deficit in the primary healthcare subsector.

Dr. Akpan, who urged development partners to cover more local government areas in their programs for the uptake in their activities, reiterated the achievements of the young Agency which include the success story of surmounting the hurdles to access the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund which has birthed the revitalization of 231 primary healthcare centres among other gains.

The AKSPHCDA helmsman, commended USAID for the tremendous positive impact it has effected in the health sector through funding and technical support for the good of the citizens even as he also appreciated the international Agency for the bid to incorporate COVID-19 vaccination into a routine exercise.

Speaking earlier, the USAID team lead, Ezekiel James, had intimated his hosts that they were at the Agency to share ideas and seek more ways of collaboration and coordination to tackle COVID-19.

James noted that American people are truly committed to the healthcare needs through various development partners which could be seen in the huge presence of the partners in different areas of health concerns in the state.

The USAID team lead hinted that there are gaps in COVID-19 vaccine supply, uptake and hesitancy by a good percentage of the population of the state even as he appreciated the warm reception accorded his team by the leadership of the Agency.

The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr. Mrs. Eno Attah, who was also on hand to grace the event, commended the partners for the parley with the health institutions in the state hoping that the issues posing as challenges in the sector, will be surmounted with a one bite at a time approach and looked forward to more conversations.

In his brief, the state Immunization Officer, Dr. Ime Udoh, informed the gathering on the percentage of the COVID-19 vaccination uptake, sources of funding, gains and challenges in the exercise.

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