The Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism, KADMAM has lamented that inadequacy of ambulances and dearth of health personnel were the major challenges hampering smooth running of Primary Healthcare Centres, PHCs in Kaduna State.
KADMAM, an accountability mechanism, stated this in its presentation through Silas Iseva during a quarterly interactive forum with Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Development Partners, held in Kaduna, with the theme of the interactive forum was “Improving Health Care Delivery Through Basic Health Care Provision Fund Implementation”.
According to KADMAN, its investigations showed that 78.5 per cent of PHCs in the state have no ambulance. It also noted that inadequacy of ambulances to transport pregnant women to hospitals during emergency situations had resulted in complications and sometimes death.
It said its findings however discovered that 93 per cent of the PHCs across the state had toilets, 27.1 per cent had accommodation for midwives for emergencies, especially at night, and 84.6 per cent had good sources of drinking water.
The state Commissioner of Health Amina Baloni, while responding to some of the findings, noted that government would reactivate its partnership with the National Union of Road Transport Workers in transporting emergency patients to facilities across the state. She also called on members and community leaders to volunteer whenever the need arose to convey patients for medical care.