Ogun Advocates Active Community Participation In Primary Health
The Ogun State government has enjoined members of various communities across the State to revitalise moribund Ward Health Development Committees (WDCs) in their localities to improve on primary health care service delivery.
The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro, made the call in Abeokuta at a Policy Dialogue Workshop organised by the State Primary Health Care Development Board in col…laboration with KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Netherland.
Dr. Aigoro said that this became necessary as a result of the research findings based on increasing the utilisation of immunisation in the State that was recently conducted in Remo North East Local Council Development Area.
The Permanent Secretary noted that based on the research findings, active participation of members of the community was needed to ensure optimal primary health care service delivery, adding that their participation would assist health facilities located in their communities in carrying out government policies and programmes in the health sector.
“This research has shown us that with community participation, there is improvement in healthcare service delivery which also translated to general health awareness among members of the community,’’ he said.
Earlier in his address, the Acting Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola, said the research work was embarked upon to find out the reason for the high number of unimmunised children at the end of year 2014 immunisation in the Ilara and Ipara wards of the Remo North East LCDA.
He opined that findings from the research had shown that better result could be achieved when members of the community worked together with government agencies, calling on the people to support health officers posted to their domains.
Presenting the research findings, the leading investigator, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Dr. Ngozi Akwataghibe, said that the research had shown the importance of involving members of the communities in the execution of government policies and programmes, noting that there was a drastic improvement in the level of people’s awareness of their health needs.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Remo North LCDA, Mr Segun Idowu, pledged that the Council would not relent at supporting the State government in its quest at providing quality health services to the indigenes