The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, has urged government at all levels to prioritise primary health care in the country.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the Annual Conference of the Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria held in Lagos on Thursday, Idris said there were a lot of challenges facing primary health care in many of the states in the country.
“The best way to address these challenges is to prioritise primary health care, which forms the bedrock of the medical system.
“Global health security requires a functioning medical system and we cannot achieve that without a good primary health care system,” he said.
The commissioner urged that if primary health care was neglected in the rural areas, it would be difficult to contain disease outbreaks when they occur.
“The easiest way for diseases to spread during outbreaks is through the rural areas. If we don’t deal with it, then we are in serious problem,” he said.
The National President of the AMOHN, Dr Disu Yahya, said the conference was organised to promote implementation of primary health care system accross the country.
Yahya noted that primary health care was strategic to achieving health security, containing emerging diseases, as well as detecting and responding appropriately to disease outbreaks.
“This conference is meant to look at issues that affect primary health care and align with the rest of the world,” Yahya said.
By: Dayo Ojerinde
The Punch News
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