Talkhealth9ja media, today wey be 8th December for inside Abuja, dey do book presentation wey go helep country people dem know about health centres and how e suppose dey work.
Di book wey di name na “How to make our hospitals work” get plenty informate for country man inside.
Di full média statement wey dem drop, dey here:
Formally inaugurated on 15th June 2020, the MakeOurHospitalWork Campaign is a citizen-led community-based advocacy to improve the quality of healthcare services in health care facilities across Nigeria.
It was founded by a public health physician, Dr. Laz Ude Eze and has over 2000 campaigners spread across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Campaign is coordinated nationally by a 31-man National Steering Team, state and community team leads at the sub-national levels.
Inspired by the campaign, TalkHealth9ja – a health communications organisation implemented the Strengthening Accountability in Primary Health Care amid Covid-19 (SPAC) project in Ebonyi State, from July 2021 till December 2022, with a grant support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
The dissemination meeting brought together the project implementers, sponsors, MakeOurHopspitalWork Campaigners and stakeholders to share results and possibly strengthen the campaign in other locations.
During this project, TalkHealth9ja and the Ebonyi MakeOurHospitalWork Campaign team implemented 48 episodes of a weekly radio show on Unity 101.5 FM Abakaliki, engaged stakeholders and sensitized 14 communities.
We also distributed 300 health policy documents and 2000 patients’ bill of rights, donated medical equipment including personal protective equipment (PPE) worth over N2 million to 14 health facilities, and directly sensitized 36 communities in Afikpo North and Ohaozara LGAs within 24 weeks.
Consequently, the increased knowledge of roles of communities in primary health care led to increased community ownership and active participation as evidenced by the various interventions they embarked on and leadership roles they started playing, towards improving the quality of health care delivery.
There was reported increase in the use of the PHCs by the community members especially at Umuka Okposi and Ndibe Afikpo.
New Primary Health Posts were established by Isinkwo Mgbom Okposi and Amaogudu Ugwulangwu communities.
Amangbala Afikpo and Amorie Ozizza communities have relocated their health centres to better locations while the Amenu Okposi health centre project have reached advanced stage of completion.
More so, Dr. Eze, who is also the CEO of TalkHealth9ja is making a public presentation of his new book – How to Make Our Hospitals Work.
The book provided guide and explained a step-by-step approach for citizens and community action for health.
TalkHealth9ja pre-ordered 160 copies of the book, while the publisher donates additional 20 copies, for distribution to the 171 Ward Development Communities, 13 LGA Administrative Secretaries for Health and 6 other relevant stakeholders in Ebonyi State.
Today’s event has Dr. Grace Chita Okudo (AIG Rtd) as the Chair, and Dr. Ibrahim Wada as the Keynote Speaker. We hope it will inspire more community actions for health, across Nigeria.
Signed: Zack Onwe – Health Communications Officer.
Chimmeli Ofily – Knowledge Management Officer