By Asma’u Ahmad
Sterling Bank Plc said on that said it was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health to revitalise Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) in the country.
The Managing Director, Mr. Yemi Adeola, told newsmen in Abuja that the partnership would help to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians.
He said: “Sterling Bank International is playing a financial and logistic role in ensuring sustainability in the revitalisation of primary healthcare centres in the country.
“We have started playing financial roles and the collaboration is a source of business opportunity for the organisation such as financing those who want to bring in equipment for healthcare centres.”
According to him, the health of a nation is determined by the citizenry. He noted that health was very important but that lots of people could not afford its cost.
Mr. Adeola said that a national programme on health such as the revitalisation of primary healthcare centres was needed to actualise and improve the quality of healthcare services.
“As they roll out from state to state for the revitalisation programmes, we will partner with them; we will guide and bring in private sector knowledge and style.
“We will also use critical parameters to measure and monitor how well they are doing,” he said.
Health Reporters had reported that on Tuesday President Muhammadu Buhari launched the revitalisation programme for 10,000 PHCs in the country.
President Buhari, who also launched the Guidelines for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, said that change personified by better quality healthcare at the primary level was coming to all Nigerians.
He said that the goal of revitalising the PHCs was to ensure that quality basic healthcare services were delivered to majority of Nigerians, irrespective of their location in the country.