North-western Zamfara State, is leading other 17 states in poor primary health care service delivery, according to a study carried out by ONE Campaign, a global not-for-profit organisatin combating poverty and preventable diseases.
The study, titled: ‘The State of Primary Healthcare Service Delivery in Nigeria’, according to Premium Times, was in partnership with National Advocates for Health, Nigeria Health Watch, Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), and other organisations.
Other states include, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi, Katsina, Borno, Yobe, Kogi, Jigawa, Rivers, Gombe, Cross River, Edo, Bayelsa, Akwa-Ibom, Plateau, Imo, and Kaduna.
According to the report, the state of healthcare in Nigeria is perilous, adding that access to and utilisation of health services continues to be damaged by systemic obstacles across the states.
It added that public health facilities in all 36 states and the FCT are poor, and the experiences of community members seeking health care at public facilities are consistently horrible.
The report further accuses Nigeria’s deteriorating health care system on the weak governance structures and operational inefficiencies.
Commenting on the report, the Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch, Vivianne Ihekweazu, said the report “helps us understand where we are, the opportunities and gaps in state-level healthcare delivery.”
Ihekweazu added that the parties involved are determined to disseminate the findings widely and use them to hold policymakers, especially at the subnational level, accountable for improvements in healthcare delivery for all Nigerians.