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The Kwara Government on Monday inaugurated a committee on Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) initiative to tackle challenges of primary health care at the grassroots.

The state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, inaugurated the committee in Ilorin during a task force meeting organised by the Kwara State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

The primary health care under one roof is a policy to reduce fragmentation in the delivery of Primary Health Care (PHC) services and integration of all PHC services under one authority.

Dr Raji Razaq, the state Commissioner for Health, noted that the state government had shown commitment to health sector as it had since released its counterpart funding.

Razaq said that there had been improvement in the health sector of the state, making the Federal Ministry of Health to rate it high in terms of commitment.

According to him, the state has won grant to acquire three billion commodities to cater for the PHC.

“The major breakthrough witnessed is that the state task force has achieved the interruption of the Vaccine Derived Polio (VDP) witnessed during the last administration,’’ he said.

He said the solution to the challenges at the primary healthcare level was the PHCUOR initiative.

Dr Abimbola Folorunso, the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, explained that the 2019 immunisation interventions across the 16 local government areas of the state had proved successful.

She, however, said that more needed to be done.

Folorunso noted that adoption of the PHCUOR initiatives would go a long way to boost the primary health care in the state.

She said there was a new political commitment by the present administration in the state as evidenced by timely release of counterpart funding.

She also said there was change of attitude in ensuring no child miss out in all of the health interventions in the state.

Folorunso assured that state government would sustain the political will for routine immunisation.

“There should also be continued advocacy to the LGAs and strengthening of routine immunisations through appropriate support of the newly established state emergency routine immunisations coordinating centres,’’ she said.

The committee members include the Commissioner for Health, Dr Abimbola Folorunso as Secretary, with Alhaji Razaq Owolabi, the Chairman, committee on Health Matters in the state House of Assembly.