Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ANSPHCDA) has dismissed as baseless allegations of recruitment of unqualified midwives in the Primary Healthcare centers across the state.
Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu who stated this in a Media Roundtable in Awka, said the 60 ad-hoc mid-wives engaged to assist in improving the healthcare delivery services were all qualified.
Ezenyimulu who was represented by Director, Community Health Services, Dr Frank Umeh, also refuted allegations of forcing Officers-in-Charge (OICs) of PHCs across the state to pay for expired drugs in their centres.
Some officers in the health centers had accused government of insisting they must pay for drugs sent to them even when they have expired, just as they attributed the high cost of drugs at the health centres to government exploitative tendencies.
They also accused government of not providing the approved funds for the smooth running of the PHCs.
But the ANSPHCDA boss, at the occasion, denied that the OICs were forced to pay for expired drugs, saying, “what happens is that the OICs are not dutiful to report to the supervising agency when the drugs are about to expire.
“The Agency receives the drugs on trust and any PHC whose Head does not do the needful and the drugs expires, will be made to pay.”
Ezenyimulu further revealed that over 60 primary healthcare centers had been renovated by the government, adding that more were still underway.
She said state governor, Chief Willie Obiano had been supportive to the agency since its inception.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, represented by the Director, Public Health and Disease Control, Dr Uchechukwu Onyejembe emphasized that family planning services in the state were free of charge.