Community Health Services 2018-09-10T10:23:21+00:00


The department of Community Health Services is primarily concerned with Primary Health Care service delivery through community ownership, community operated and community driven strategies. The department delivers key PHC services of Immunization, Maternal and Child Health Services, Nutrition etc to the communities.


  1. Implementation of National Programme on Immunization (NPI) in Rivers State.
  2. Grass-root Mobilization of the Communities.
  3. Delivery of Maternal and Child Health Services.
  4. School Health Services.
  5. Implementation of Home Based Care in Rivers State.
  6. Rural Health Scheme.


  1. Plan, Implement, Supervise, Monitor and Evaluate Immunization Sessions (Routine and Supplemental) with special attention to coverage of:-
    • Un-immunized population
    • Highest population density
    • Hard/Difficult to reach Areas
    • Areas with low RI coverage (DPT3 < 40%)
    • Areas with high drop-out rates (>10%)
  2. Liaise with the State Cold Store for regular provision of Potent Vaccines.
  3. Partner with other Ministries, Agencies, Private and Public Organizations, International Organizations, Civil Society Organizations (CSO), Community Based Organizations (CBO), and Communities for effective implementation and monitoring of Immunization Programmes in the State.
  • Shall arrange and conduct SMC meetings.
  • Identify areas that require Social Mobilization Interventions
  • Develop Social Mobilization work plan and budget
  • Mobilize funds for SMC activities
  • Mobilize resources for SMC activities
  • Conduct advocacy visits to key stakeholders
  • Facilitate the formation of WDC/VDC
  • Arrange and conduct community dialogue supervision
  • Arrange and disseminate information through mass media
  • Monitor and supervise the LGA SMC activities
  • Evaluate the State SMC activities
  1. Nutrition Services. This will Include:-
    • Sensitization of mothers/care givers on adequate nutrition, Infant and young child feeding (IYCF).
    • Sensitize mothers on adequate nutrition during pregnancy and lactation.
    • Asses nutritional status of U5 children
    • Food demonstration
    • Vitamin A supplementation of U5 children
    • Celebrate world breast feeding week.
  2. Family planning:-
    • Sensitization on importance of family planning
    • Provision and distribution of FP. Commodities
    • Training of FP Care givers
  3.  Safe motherhood:
    • Keep records on pregnancy out comes
    • ANC services
    • Supervise Midwifery activities in PHC Health Facilities
    • Partner with other programmes that affect mother and child e.g. Roll Back Malaria, HIV/AIDS etc.
  4. Integrated Management of Childhood illness
    • Training of Health Care givers on IMCI
    • Provision/Distribution of CDD Materials
    • Immunizations
    • Vitamin A supplements.
  • Partner with bodies that influence the lives of children (Ministry of Education, Water resources, FBOs).
  • Form Health Clubs in the schools
  • Enlightenment Campaigns on topical issues e.g. importance of hand washing, cleaning of environment and problems of malaria, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS.
  • Oral hygiene/General body inspection

Home based care provides quality and appropriate care to the individuals and families at home without necessarily going to the Health Facilities. The key strategies that drive the programme are integration of health services at the individual, family and community level and well trained/motivated health care givers.


  1. Provide the frame work for implementation of home based care
  2. Training and retraining of Health Care givers (community volunteers, CHEWS, JCHEWS).
  3. Promote community ownership of HBC
  4. Promote Partnership with other relevant health bodies
  5. Look for alternative source of funding
  6. Monitoring and Supervision
  7. Evaluation of HBC activities in the State.
  • To address the endemic health problems of a particular Community, LGA or Region based on the health survey.
  • To sensitize communities on anti-health socio-cultural believes
  • Identify/map out areas that need special health intervention.
  • Form Rural health scheme Team made up of different health professionals.