June 23, 2024

Cholera: APC chieftain warns governor against diverting PHCs fund

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By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo

A former lawmaker in Osun State, Olatunbosun Oyintoloye has warned the state governors in the country not to divert the money given to states by President Bola Tinubu for rehabilitation of primary healthcare centres across the country.

President Tinubu had released N260billion for the revitalisation of Primary Healthcare Centres, PHCs, across the country through the State Governors.

Oyintiloye in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo on Sunday, stated that the revitalisation of the PHCs is timely, especially with the outbreak of cholera in some parts of the country.

According to him, the first level of contact of individuals, families and communities is PHCs, lamenting however that many of it in the country lack capacity to provide essential health care services due to challenges such as inadequate equipment, poor condition of service and infrastructure, lack of staffing and essential drugs, among others.

“I commend the president for prioritising the health of Nigerians with the release of N260 billion to revitalise the dilapidated PHCs in the country.

“The only fear I have now is how this fund will not be diverted by the governors at this critical period of cholera outbreak.

“The PHCs in the country is currently at its worst level and that is why the fund released for its revitalisation must not be allowed to be mismanaged.

“Since all the states of the federation have been mobilised for the revitalisation of the PHCs, governors should not allow greed to prevent them from doing the right thing.”