Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Doctor Ado Muhammad has called for the integration of the three tier health system in the country for efficient services.
Doctor Muhammad made the call in Ilorin during the Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Kwara branch with the theme Primary Health Care Development in Nigeria: Progress, Challenges and Way forward.
Represented by Doctor Jubril Abdullahi, a director in the agency, Doctor Muhammed said the country currently runs a fragmented and dichotomised three-tier heath system that is not linked to one another.
He noted that the present system has different hierarchy, salaries, incentives and human resources distribution thereby leading to inefficient and poor healthcare services.
The Executive Director pointed out that primary health care is a frontline health service which can not be decreed from Abuja or the state ministries of health.
According to him, only the Local Governments by their proximity to the grassroots are strategically positioned to deliver the service.
Doctor Muhammad therefore called for a mechanism that would require higher levels of care to mentor, monitor and supervise primary health care services at all levels.
He called on the NMA and other professional associations to contribute to its successful implementation.