The Nigerian government has inaugurated a 28 billion Naira Special Health Intervention Projects that will strengthen the health system and enhance service delivery.

Inaugurating the project on Monday, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said the special intervention projects would be rolled out in 2018.

The interventions would include Tertiary Health Institution Project and the revitalisation of 774 primary healthcare centres in each local government area in the country (1 PHC per LGA).

It would also include the purchase of additional anti-retroviral drugs for 20,000 Nigerians living with HIV and AIDS.

According to him, it will also include the conduct of a nationwide screening of common cancers such as cervix, breast and prostate.

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The scheme would carry out free surgeries for 10,000 persons suffering from cataract adding that at least 250 cataract surgeries would be performed in each state.

It will also cover free treatment for 800 patients with confirmed diagnosis of hepatitis C infection.

“The tertiary hospitals are designed as facilities at the peak of the healthcare system where most complicated medical conditions are handled.

“Unfortunately these facilities are today faced with numerous challenges including inadequate equipment for tertiary care services.

“Other challenges are under-funding arising from budgetary and fiscal constraints and dilapidated infrastructure amongst others,’’ he said.

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Professor Adewole emphasised that in spite of government’s special interventions and annual budgetary appropriations, the delivery of healthcare services faced critical operational challenges.

One of such challenges is infrastructure highlighting that there is an urgent need to intervene and smoothen up the operation of these health institutions.

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