Written by Williams ABAH

FG commends NIQS, as group seeks partnership on PHCs project

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has commended members of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyor, NIQS, for their readiness to partner with federal government to reduce cost of construction Primary Healthcare Centers, and ensuring compliance with best practices.

The minister made the commendation while meeting with delegation from the IQS led by its president, Mrs. Mercy Iyortyer, in Abuja.

Adewole reaffirmed that the federal government was not planning to build new primary healthcare centres, PHCs, but to rehabilitate the existing one, stressing that it would not be in the best interest of the country to start building new primary healthcare, when there were adequate number of PHCs across the country.

What is important according to the minister is to rehabilitate the existing ones make them functional, providing healthcare 24 hours daily with all the necessary facilities in place.

The minister maintained that it would save cost and time to rehabilitate the existing ones rather than constructing new ones, noting that the rehabilitation work is ongoing in phases, and the first phase is the rehabilitation of 109 PHCs covering each senatorial district in the country.

Speaking at the event, Mrs. Iyortyer, said that the essences of their visit was to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health on the 10,000 PHCs project recently announced.

In her words; “We wish to request for collaboration and partnership within your ministry and our institute in the realization of your objectives, particularly in the area of efficient cost management to achieve realistic cost, project cost monitoring and evaluations and the overall project management of construction project in your ministry including its parastatals."

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