In a bid to improve immunisation, antenatal care and other health services in Nigeria, the Federal Government in collaboration with development partners has announced plans to engage 200,000 voluntary health workers.
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Shuaib, according to the statement signed by Mr Saadu Salahu, Head, Public Relations Unit, spoke while receiving the Country Representative of UNICEF, Dr Mohammad Fall, in his office.
The scheme is to avail poor Nigerians with qualitative and affordable healthcare services.
Under the initiative, the NPHCDA wants to make at least one primary healthcare centre fully functional to deliver a number of services in each of the wards nationwide.
Shuaib noted that the plan was initially to deploy 20 voluntary village health workers to each political ward of nine polio endemic states.
The agency’s executive director said that the plan was expanded to cover each political ward to bring the number of voluntary health workers to 200,000 when the 10,000 PHCs become operational.
He said that 17,000 voluntary community workers would mobilise people and create awareness for active participation in immunisation in the nine high risk polio states.