Health agency laments shortage of manpower in health care centres in Anambra

The Executive Secretary of Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu has lamented the shortage of manpower in the Primary Health Care centres across the state.

Dr Ezenyimulu disclosed this at a Media Roundtable On Family Planning organised by The Change Initiative (TCI), with the theme, “Improving Access to Family Planning Services among Women of Reproductive Age in Anambra State, held in Awka, over the weekend.

She regretted that many health care workers were retiring without being replaced, urging the state government to recruit more workers in the health system.

Ezenyimuru, however, refuted underground recruitment exercise rumour in the system but revealed ongoing recruitment of ad-hoc staff for the position of midwives which he said was advertised in the state-owned newspapers.

“We’ll never be a party to hiding information. The current recruitment exercise was advertised in today’s National Light for midwives for 60 facilities where midwives are lacking.

“We have a 16-man Governing Board. We’re very transparent. But the job is not permanent, it’s ad-hoc, just for the Basic Health Provision Fund.”

In his brief remarks, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, represented by the Director of Public Health in the State Health Ministry, Dr Uchechukwu Onyejeme, advised couple who want to go for a Family Planning to do that in public health centres, noting that process is free all Public Health Care Centres across the country.

Chairman, Anambra State Civil Society Network, Prince Chris Azor, on his part, explained that the security and welfare of the citizens remained the primary responsibility of government.

He called for a more collaborative environment between the state government and the private sector, as well as sustained partnership in providing amenities for the citizens.

One of the organisers, Mrs Franca Madike, appeal to media organizations to use their platform to help disseminate technically, appropriate and culturally sensitive family planning messages to the public.

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