By Victoria Ojeme
The Federal Government has released the revised edition of the National Standing Orders for the Community Health Practitioners, with a vow to stop unlicensed community health workers.
The Ministe of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who presented the document in Abuja , said the revised Standing Orders for Community Health Practitioners would ensure uniformity and standard of primary health care delivery at the community level.
Also, no fewer than 30,000 community health workers operating at the rural areas are currently being screened to weed out those without license importance of the new revised National standing Orders for Community Health Care practitioners, the Minister said, it would, ensure uniformity and standard of care as well as ensure that the cadre of health providers operate within their limits. The standing orders were introduced to guide them and act as a legal protection.
Chukwu said the Federal Government is determined to reduce the burden of diseases in the rural communities through the improvement of the skills of community health practitioners, “especially in the area of maternal, new born and child health care in order to improve our health indicators.
Earlier, Registrar / Secretary Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria,Deacon S. A Bennibor said the Board is taking steps to eliminate quacks among rural health workers, through the on-going “operation show your license”
According to Bennibor, “There is currently an on-going nation wide operation show your license exercise to eliminate quacks, following which, we shall commence operation show your –standing –orders.
He warned that, any community health practitioner found to be practicing without procuring a copy of the revised edition after a period of three months, would be sanctioned by the Board, more especially now that the document has been made more user friendly.