By Fasilat Lawal
Synergy between Primary Healthcare Centres, PHCs, and communities is pivotal to quality healthcare delivery.
Programme Officer, Global Fund Covid-19 Response Mechanism Projects, Oyo State, Mr Oluseun Adebiyi advanced this thought during a news briefing held at Yemetu, Ibadan to highlight achievements made in strengthening the health system in some communities within six local governments in the state.
Mr Adebiyi, who explained that communities play a vital role in ensuring that good healthcare services are rendered at the grassroots, noted that the Global Fund Covid-19 Response Mechanism Projects had had a tremendous impact on healthcare delivery in addressing diseases such as Hiv/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Covid-19 in Oyo State.
Mr Adebiyi, while appealing to the federal government to further educate citizens about the value of primary healthcare, called for more involvement of community-based organizations to strengthen the health delivery services.
Earlier in an address of welcome, Oyo State Coordinator, Network of People Living with HIV/Aids in Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, Mr Faith Olawale said the Global Fund Covid-19 Response Mechanism Projects had fostered love and cordial relationship between the health facilities and communities.
In a goodwill message, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Agency for Control of Aids, OYSACA, Dr Lanre Abass, represented by Dr Olukayode Ogunkunle applauded the founder of the project for strengthening the healthcare system, pointing out that Governor Seyi Makinde government was working assiduously to reduce Hiv/AIDS disease in the state.
There were also goodwill messages from stakeholders in the health sector, religious leaders, traditional leaders, and security personnel, who all advocated for improved healthcare delivery in the state.