The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has begun talks to explore posting of medical doctors who are on national assignment to local health departments and primary health care facilities at the grass roots level.
This was part of the focus of discussion during a courtesy call on the Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Okore Affia by the Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Ado Muhammad.
A statement signed by NPHCDA head of media, Saadu Salahu, quoted Ado saying that the inclusion of medical doctors on NYSC into integrated primary healthcare services at the grass roots would go a long way in reducing the acute shortage of manpower at the grass roots level and improve maternal and child health.
The executive director assured the NYSC director general that any NYSC doctor released to support PHC on the partnership would be given all necessary incentives and encouragement by the agency.
Responding, Brigadier General Affia gave the assurance that NYSC was willing and committed to supporting such partnership for greater benefit and improved health of Nigerians, especially at the grass roots levels.
The NYSC Director-General and his NPHCDA counterpart agreed to set up a technical committee that would work out the details of such working relationship, taking into account, the current security challenges in the country.