Bayelsa State government has officially inaugurated the state’s Primary Health Care Board’s office building as part of the measures to tackle high incidence of infant and maternal mortality in the state.
Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (rtd), the Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, performed the opening of the BYPHCB office, located opposite the Ministry of Works and Infrastructures in Yenagoa.
Jonah stated that with the inauguration of the board’s office to coordinate the activities of primary healthcare in the local government areas of the state, health issues at the grassroots would be properly redressed.
He expressed sadness that Nigeria as a country had not been doing very well in that direction, saying, “when we get peer group review of contemporary countries, even in the West African sub-region, some other countries fare better than us.
“In the case of Bayelsa, I think the performance has been abysmal, that is why the governor, Seriake Dickson, came very strongly, on how we can redress it at the shortest possible time.
“We have started; a board has been inaugurated, which is the requirement. Of course, there must be a central area for the management of the activities.
“We have always been complaining that the health care workers at the local government areas have not been performing very well.
“We know that they were not going to work regularly but if you see the salary bill of the LGAs, the health care workers take a large chunk and we are happy that now, they will be supervised by line officers, people who have practised the trade before their coming, we expect that output will be far better than what it had been before.”