The Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ADPHCDA), says it engaged 2,712 Community Health Influencers Promoters (CHIPs) to enhance access to quality healthcare service delivery at the grassroots.
The Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr Suleiman Bashir, stated this in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Yola.
He said that 900 of the health promoters had been deployed to communities to create awareness about the imperative of healthcare services and encourage visits to health facilities among rural dwellers.
Bashir said the CHIPs volunteers had been deployed to 150 hard-to-reach communities out of the 266 wards across the 21 local government areas of the state.
“The CHIPs are voluntary workers pending when vacancies are available for recruitment into the service.
“We are working with local government councils on how to improve their welfare and allowances,” he said.
According to him, the agency is working to strengthen the primary healthcare platforms to prevent 75 per cent of preventable diseases.
The Chairman noted that sustainability, behaviour change, strengthening governance and accountability, improving health facilities and community engagement were critical towards providing solutions to primary healthcare issues in the communities.
He lauded Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri for recruiting additional health workers to address the manpower gap, adding that the gesture enhanced healthcare service delivery coverage in the state.
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