By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
Thee President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, has commended the efforts of the present administration to revamp the nationâ€™s primary health sector, which was hitherto relegated to the background.
Kayode in a statement yesterday by theÂ Media and Protocol Officer, ACCI, Mr. Gena Lubem,Â spoke against the backdrop of the donation of drugs and medical equipment to Ikaram hospital in Akoko Local Government Area of Ondo State by the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib.
The former Minister of DefenceÂ who is an indigene of the community noted that primary healthcare sector is the most critical element of health delivery, pointing out that the present leadership of the NPHCDA must be commended for the bold steps it has taken to revive the sector.Â
He said: â€œGovernment must be commended for ensuring that this critical sector of our health arrangement is not left unattended to, in view of the monumental impact it has on the generality of the populace who relies on it as the first point of call in times of health challenges.
â€œIt is equally heartwarming that the younger people placed in positions of responsibilities in the country are living up to the expectations of their various offices. The donation of drugs and medical equipment to this remote community is a clear demonstration of the patriotic zeal of the current leadership of the agencyâ€.
Kayode also called on the government not to shy away from going into partnership or collaborative arrangement with the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and other public spirited individuals in any agenda that would impact positively on the lives of the people at the grassroots.
Earlier, Shuaib informed the community that government was determined to ensure that nobody anywhere in the country is denied basic health care due to either lack of finance or remoteness of his area to the medical facility near them.
He assured Nigerians that in the days ahead, more of such programmes would be rolled out across the nation
Shortly after the donation, the NPHCDA boss was honored with a chieftaincy title of Otunba Bashagun of Ikaramland by the Akala of Ikaram, Oba Olamoyi Momodu.Ëš