The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Ado Muhammed, has refuted media reports that the agency was being investigated for corrupt practices by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
While giving an account of his two-year stewardship in office on Thursday in Abuja during a media parley, he said, “The agency is not under probe. Rather, we are collaborating with ICPC under the system and study review to see how we can improve primary health care delivery across the country.”
Ado said the collaboration was to see to how the primary health care centres abandoned projects across the country since 2006 till date could be completed, since primary health care was the cornerstone for health.
He added that the ICPC had already concluded the system and study review in the ministry of education and so it was now the turn of the ministry of health.
He stated, “The ultimate objective is for Nigeria to benefit from accessible and affordable healthcare and for this to happen, physical structures have to be on ground.”
On the transmission of the wild polio virus in the country, the NPHCDA Boss said that the country had reduced polio transmission by 57 per cent, as it had only recorded 50 cases as against 121 cases this time last year, with no record of wild polio virus type 3 (wpv3).
He disclosed that the cases were restricted to Borno and Yobe states while Borno account for 16 cases.
He said, “We are beginning to see signs of eradication. If we keep this trajectory, Nigeria will exit polio-endemic countries next year. Nigeria has made good progress on routine immunization which has been acknowledged by all stakeholders.”
Ado also disclosed that the agency received N15 billion intervention fund from SURE-P which had been a stimulant for the health sector and other health interventions.