The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency(NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib says 128 of every 1,000 children under 5 in Nigeria die and 20% of global maternal deaths happen in Nigeria.
Faisal Shuaib disclose this at the just concluded Primary Health Care Summit in Abuja.
Dr. Faisal lamented the devastating effects of the lack of adequate primary health care on the country’s health indices, a situation he says must be treated as an emergency.
According to him, very few Nigerians have access to quality primary health care services, even those that do are offered fragmented and often ineffective services.
He further hinted on the government’s ambitious plans to collaborate with a diverse group of domestic and international partners, to build a grassroots network of quality primary health care.
According to him, Fixing the primary health care system is the most cost effective and realistic approach to saving and improving the lives of millions in the country.