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  •   The big idea about Universal Healthcare Coverage UHC is that health services should not be a luxury and everyone everywhere should receive the quality healthcare they need without suffering financial hardship To achieve this objective Gombe State Governor Mr Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya recently commissioned the first primary healthcare PHC centre Doma PHC at Jekadafari ward located in Gombe Local Government Area LGA During the unveiling of the centre the Governor said the construction of the PHC in the ward is in line with the nation s and World Health Organization s WHO priorities to ensure access to health care for all particularly the poor thus contributing to overall national productivity Present at the unveiling was the WHO Country Representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo Mr Yahaya said the provision of a functional health facility in the ward will facilitate easy access to health services for vulnerable people improve immunization coverage provide basic curative services and maternal and child health services as well as preventive services We are intentional about providing a PHC in each ward across the state and will continue to collaborate effectively with WHO to ensure everyone everywhere have access to healthcare services closer to their doorsteps he said The governor commended WHO for being a reliable partner to the state in delivering health care services to people across the state Applauding the state government for its efforts Dr Mulombo said providing a PHC facility in the ward underscores WHO s priorities on UHC because that is the way to ensure everyone has access to basic health services He said the WHO will continue to support the state to provide quality health care services to the people especially those who are vulnerable According to WHO scaling up PHC interventions in Nigeria could save the lives of millions and increase average life expectancy by 3 7 years by 2030 In Gombe state WHO has supported the capacity building of 600 health care workers on health service delivery and outbreak response and donated cholera kits to the state During the peak of malaria seasons WHO provided prophylaxis drugs to 813 169 children between the ages of 3 and 59 months Meanwhile Dr Mulombo in an earlier visit to Biu a town and LGA located in the southern part of Borno state paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Biu Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha During the meeting Dr Mulombo highglihted the historic role that traditional leaders played in polio eradication and presently efforts to improve immunization in the region Dr Mulombo briefed the Emir on how WHO supports the region to access quality health services by expanding the Biu General Hospital to offer healthcare services to the community When diseases spread they spread in the communities and individuals in such communities need the right to quality health services The expanded segment of the hospital will be equipped with state of the art equipment to cater to thousands of people living in the community he said Given the level of influence of traditional and political leaders within the communities WHO has been strategically engaging with them to achieve the 2023 Triple Billion Targets that is 1 billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well being The Emir applauded the WHO for its collaboration with Borno State Government to improve the quality of health services available to the people of his community We will be more than happy to continue to strengthen our collaboration with WHO as the current partnership and ongoing project will not only improve the health of the people living in the locality but will also cater to individuals living in other neighboring LGAs and states as well he said WHO interventions in both states are conducted with funding from the government of Germany the United States Agency for International Development the Nigerian Humanitarian Funds Bill and Melinda Gates the Contingency Fund for Emergencies the European Union the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations the government of Canada and GAVI the Vaccine Alliance
    Bringing Primary Health Services Closer to Underserved People in Gombe State
      The big idea about Universal Healthcare Coverage UHC is that health services should not be a luxury and everyone everywhere should receive the quality healthcare they need without suffering financial hardship To achieve this objective Gombe State Governor Mr Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya recently commissioned the first primary healthcare PHC centre Doma PHC at Jekadafari ward located in Gombe Local Government Area LGA During the unveiling of the centre the Governor said the construction of the PHC in the ward is in line with the nation s and World Health Organization s WHO priorities to ensure access to health care for all particularly the poor thus contributing to overall national productivity Present at the unveiling was the WHO Country Representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo Mr Yahaya said the provision of a functional health facility in the ward will facilitate easy access to health services for vulnerable people improve immunization coverage provide basic curative services and maternal and child health services as well as preventive services We are intentional about providing a PHC in each ward across the state and will continue to collaborate effectively with WHO to ensure everyone everywhere have access to healthcare services closer to their doorsteps he said The governor commended WHO for being a reliable partner to the state in delivering health care services to people across the state Applauding the state government for its efforts Dr Mulombo said providing a PHC facility in the ward underscores WHO s priorities on UHC because that is the way to ensure everyone has access to basic health services He said the WHO will continue to support the state to provide quality health care services to the people especially those who are vulnerable According to WHO scaling up PHC interventions in Nigeria could save the lives of millions and increase average life expectancy by 3 7 years by 2030 In Gombe state WHO has supported the capacity building of 600 health care workers on health service delivery and outbreak response and donated cholera kits to the state During the peak of malaria seasons WHO provided prophylaxis drugs to 813 169 children between the ages of 3 and 59 months Meanwhile Dr Mulombo in an earlier visit to Biu a town and LGA located in the southern part of Borno state paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Biu Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha During the meeting Dr Mulombo highglihted the historic role that traditional leaders played in polio eradication and presently efforts to improve immunization in the region Dr Mulombo briefed the Emir on how WHO supports the region to access quality health services by expanding the Biu General Hospital to offer healthcare services to the community When diseases spread they spread in the communities and individuals in such communities need the right to quality health services The expanded segment of the hospital will be equipped with state of the art equipment to cater to thousands of people living in the community he said Given the level of influence of traditional and political leaders within the communities WHO has been strategically engaging with them to achieve the 2023 Triple Billion Targets that is 1 billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well being The Emir applauded the WHO for its collaboration with Borno State Government to improve the quality of health services available to the people of his community We will be more than happy to continue to strengthen our collaboration with WHO as the current partnership and ongoing project will not only improve the health of the people living in the locality but will also cater to individuals living in other neighboring LGAs and states as well he said WHO interventions in both states are conducted with funding from the government of Germany the United States Agency for International Development the Nigerian Humanitarian Funds Bill and Melinda Gates the Contingency Fund for Emergencies the European Union the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations the government of Canada and GAVI the Vaccine Alliance
    Bringing Primary Health Services Closer to Underserved People in Gombe State
    Africa5 days ago

    Bringing Primary Health Services Closer to Underserved People in Gombe State

    The big idea about Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) is that health services should not be a luxury, and everyone, everywhere, should receive the quality healthcare they need without suffering financial hardship.

    To achieve this objective,  Gombe State Governor, Mr Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, recently commissioned the first primary healthcare (PHC) centre,  Doma PHC, at Jekadafari ward, located in Gombe Local Government Area (LGA).

     During the unveiling of the centre, the Governor said the construction of the PHC in the ward is in line with the nation’s and World Health Organization’s (WHO) priorities to ensure access to health care for all, particularly the poor, thus contributing to overall national productivity.

    Present at the unveiling was the WHO Country Representative, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo. 

    Mr Yahaya said the provision of a functional health facility in the ward will facilitate easy access to health services for vulnerable people, improve immunization coverage, provide basic curative services, and maternal and child health services, as well as preventive services. 

    “We are intentional about providing a PHC in each ward across the state and will continue to collaborate effectively with WHO to ensure everyone, everywhere have access to healthcare services closer to their doorsteps,” he said.

     The governor commended WHO for being a reliable partner to the state in delivering health care services to people across the state.

      Applauding the state government for its efforts, Dr Mulombo said providing a PHC facility in the ward underscores WHO’s priorities on UHC because that is the way to ensure everyone has access to basic health services. 

    He said the WHO will continue to support the state to provide quality health care services to the people, especially those who are vulnerable. 

    According to WHO scaling up PHC interventions in Nigeria could save the lives of millions and increase average life expectancy by 3.7 years by 2030. 

    In Gombe state, WHO has supported the capacity building of 600 health care workers on health service delivery and outbreak response, and donated cholera kits to the state.

    During the peak of malaria seasons, WHO provided prophylaxis drugs to 813 169 children between the ages of 3 and 59 months. 

    Meanwhile, Dr Mulombo,  in an earlier visit to Biu, a town and LGA located in the southern part of Borno state, paid a courtesy call on  the Emir of Biu, Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha. 

    During the meeting, Dr Mulombo highglihted the historic role that traditional leaders played in polio eradication and presently, efforts to improve immunization in the region. 

    Dr Mulombo briefed the Emir on how WHO supports the region to access quality health services by expanding the Biu General Hospital to offer healthcare services to the community. 

    “When diseases spread, they spread in the communities and individuals in such communities need the right to quality health services.

    The expanded segment of the hospital will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to cater to thousands of people living in the community,” he said. 

    Given the level of influence of traditional and political leaders within the communities, WHO  has been strategically engaging with them to achieve the 2023 Triple Billion Targets ‒ that is, 1 billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage; 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies; and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well-being.

    The Emir applauded the WHO for its collaboration with Borno State Government to improve the quality of health services available to the people of his community.

    “We will be more than happy to continue to strengthen our collaboration with WHO as the current partnership and ongoing project will not only improve the health of the people living in the locality but will also cater to individuals living in other neighboring LGAs and states as well,” he said. 

    WHO interventions in both states are conducted with funding from the government of Germany, the United States Agency for International Development, the Nigerian Humanitarian Funds, Bill and Melinda Gates, the Contingency Fund for Emergencies, the European Union, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, the government of Canada, and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.

  •   FIND www FINDdx org the global alliance for diagnostics and the African Society for Laboratory Medicine ASLM in collaboration with the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC welcomed representatives from 15 West African countries with the goal of accelerating access to essential diagnostics across the region The first event of its kind held in Dakar Senegal from October 20 21 2022 brought together representatives of the network of laboratories and ministries as well as partners from the world s leading health institutions The 15 countries represented were Benin Burkina Faso Cape Verde C te d Ivoire Gambia Ghana Guinea Bissau Guinea Liberia Mali Niger Nigeria Senegal Sierra Leone and Togo Diagnostic tests are an integral part of accessing and delivering health care from primary care to laboratory services and are a key driver of Universal Health Coverage UHC The latest research from the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics https bit ly 3srmDBb shows that only 1 in 2 people have access to basic testing services however reducing the diagnostic gap for just six priority conditions could avert 1 1 million premature deaths in low and middle income countries each year The World Health Organization maintains a model Essential Diagnostics List EDL https bit ly 3DpMqzS a basket of recommended test types to support the diagnosis of infectious and noncommunicable diseases at each level of the health care system in environments with and without laboratories Provided as a reference guide and point of reference this list is not prescriptive and must be adapted by individual countries to meet the specific health needs of the population Last week s event aimed to drive the development of national EDLs in West Africa as a lever to increase access at the primary care level to essential tests diagnostics and in vitro imaging strengthen key health infrastructures and accelerate national and regional progress to the UHC Held over 2 days delegates were welcomed by Professor Amadou Moctar Dieye Director of Laboratories in Senegal with speakers and panelists including representatives from FIND Africa CDC ASLM the West African Health Organization WAHO the Ministry of Health of Nigeria the Lancet Commission World Bank and DATA Attendees were invited to explore the landscape surrounding the selection availability and adoption of essential diagnostics and chart their individual path to national EDLs Key themes that emerged from the discussions included the importance of mapping existing diagnostic networks to understand gaps and identify and prioritize actions the need to strengthen surrounding health infrastructure including laboratory services the importance of embedding action within an enabling policy framework and the need to ensure sustainable funding across multiple diseases to meet identified priorities Professor Amadou Moctar Dieye director of laboratories in Senegal said We cannot close the diagnostic gap without investing in human resources and increasing the number of qualified scientists and laboratory technicians that we have in our countries We also need to ensure that each lab has the right equipment tests and reagents and that these supplies are sustainable By establishing these priorities and building this foundation we can begin to move diagnostic capability in the right direction Dr Abdourahmane Sow WAHO s Head of Epidemic and Public Health Laboratory Networks and Systems said Strong laboratory leadership and governance coupled with the development and securing of sustainable funding mechanisms will significantly strengthen systems laboratory in West Africa Dr Pascale Ondoa ASLM Director of Science and New Initiatives said We need to rationalize investments in diagnostics to ensure they translate into stronger and more sustainable improvements in patient and public health outcomes Dr Aytenew Ashenafi Eshete Program Manager at Africa CDC said This regional workshop is an ideal forum to explore discuss connect and share best practices in the NEDL development process to solidify diagnostics as an important component in health care Dr Sanjay Sarin Vice President of Access at FIND said Testing gaps are greatest in low and middle income settings where the burden of disease is highest and health systems are most fragile in some cases essential tests are available at only 1 of primary care visits These include basic biochemistry and hematology tests tests for HIV tuberculosis malaria syphilis and hepatitis These are treatable diseases that no one should die from in 2022 but too many people don t even know they have them until it s too late Developing and implementing national EDLs is a critical step in accelerating access to diagnostics and ensuring that health systems can meet the needs of the patients they serve
    West African countries come together to accelerate access to essential diagnostics across the region
      FIND www FINDdx org the global alliance for diagnostics and the African Society for Laboratory Medicine ASLM in collaboration with the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC welcomed representatives from 15 West African countries with the goal of accelerating access to essential diagnostics across the region The first event of its kind held in Dakar Senegal from October 20 21 2022 brought together representatives of the network of laboratories and ministries as well as partners from the world s leading health institutions The 15 countries represented were Benin Burkina Faso Cape Verde C te d Ivoire Gambia Ghana Guinea Bissau Guinea Liberia Mali Niger Nigeria Senegal Sierra Leone and Togo Diagnostic tests are an integral part of accessing and delivering health care from primary care to laboratory services and are a key driver of Universal Health Coverage UHC The latest research from the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics https bit ly 3srmDBb shows that only 1 in 2 people have access to basic testing services however reducing the diagnostic gap for just six priority conditions could avert 1 1 million premature deaths in low and middle income countries each year The World Health Organization maintains a model Essential Diagnostics List EDL https bit ly 3DpMqzS a basket of recommended test types to support the diagnosis of infectious and noncommunicable diseases at each level of the health care system in environments with and without laboratories Provided as a reference guide and point of reference this list is not prescriptive and must be adapted by individual countries to meet the specific health needs of the population Last week s event aimed to drive the development of national EDLs in West Africa as a lever to increase access at the primary care level to essential tests diagnostics and in vitro imaging strengthen key health infrastructures and accelerate national and regional progress to the UHC Held over 2 days delegates were welcomed by Professor Amadou Moctar Dieye Director of Laboratories in Senegal with speakers and panelists including representatives from FIND Africa CDC ASLM the West African Health Organization WAHO the Ministry of Health of Nigeria the Lancet Commission World Bank and DATA Attendees were invited to explore the landscape surrounding the selection availability and adoption of essential diagnostics and chart their individual path to national EDLs Key themes that emerged from the discussions included the importance of mapping existing diagnostic networks to understand gaps and identify and prioritize actions the need to strengthen surrounding health infrastructure including laboratory services the importance of embedding action within an enabling policy framework and the need to ensure sustainable funding across multiple diseases to meet identified priorities Professor Amadou Moctar Dieye director of laboratories in Senegal said We cannot close the diagnostic gap without investing in human resources and increasing the number of qualified scientists and laboratory technicians that we have in our countries We also need to ensure that each lab has the right equipment tests and reagents and that these supplies are sustainable By establishing these priorities and building this foundation we can begin to move diagnostic capability in the right direction Dr Abdourahmane Sow WAHO s Head of Epidemic and Public Health Laboratory Networks and Systems said Strong laboratory leadership and governance coupled with the development and securing of sustainable funding mechanisms will significantly strengthen systems laboratory in West Africa Dr Pascale Ondoa ASLM Director of Science and New Initiatives said We need to rationalize investments in diagnostics to ensure they translate into stronger and more sustainable improvements in patient and public health outcomes Dr Aytenew Ashenafi Eshete Program Manager at Africa CDC said This regional workshop is an ideal forum to explore discuss connect and share best practices in the NEDL development process to solidify diagnostics as an important component in health care Dr Sanjay Sarin Vice President of Access at FIND said Testing gaps are greatest in low and middle income settings where the burden of disease is highest and health systems are most fragile in some cases essential tests are available at only 1 of primary care visits These include basic biochemistry and hematology tests tests for HIV tuberculosis malaria syphilis and hepatitis These are treatable diseases that no one should die from in 2022 but too many people don t even know they have them until it s too late Developing and implementing national EDLs is a critical step in accelerating access to diagnostics and ensuring that health systems can meet the needs of the patients they serve
    West African countries come together to accelerate access to essential diagnostics across the region
    Africa1 month ago

    West African countries come together to accelerate access to essential diagnostics across the region

    FIND (www.FINDdx.org), the global alliance for diagnostics, and the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), in collaboration with the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), welcomed representatives from 15 West African countries with the goal of accelerating access to essential diagnostics across the region.

    The first event of its kind, held in Dakar, Senegal, from October 20-21, 2022, brought together representatives of the network of laboratories and ministries, as well as partners from the world's leading health institutions.

    The 15 countries represented were: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Diagnostic tests are an integral part of accessing and delivering health care, from primary care to laboratory services, and are a key driver of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

    The latest research from the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics (https://bit.ly/3srmDBb) shows that only 1 in 2 people have access to basic testing services; however, reducing the diagnostic gap for just six priority conditions could avert 1.1 million premature deaths in low- and middle-income countries each year.

    The World Health Organization maintains a model Essential Diagnostics List (EDL) (https://bit.ly/3DpMqzS): a basket of recommended test types to support the diagnosis of infectious and noncommunicable diseases at each level of the health care system.

    in environments with and without laboratories.

    Provided as a reference guide and point of reference, this list is not prescriptive and must be adapted by individual countries to meet the specific health needs of the population.

    Last week's event aimed to drive the development of national EDLs in West Africa, as a lever to increase access at the primary care level to essential tests (diagnostics and in vitro imaging), strengthen key health infrastructures and accelerate national and regional progress.

    to the UHC.

    Held over 2 days, delegates were welcomed by Professor Amadou Moctar Dieye, Director of Laboratories in Senegal, with speakers and panelists including representatives from FIND, Africa CDC, ASLM, the West African Health Organization (WAHO), the Ministry of Health of Nigeria, the Lancet Commission, World Bank and DATA.

    Attendees were invited to explore the landscape surrounding the selection, availability and adoption of essential diagnostics, and chart their individual path to national EDLs. Key themes that emerged from the discussions included: the importance of mapping existing diagnostic networks to understand gaps and identify and prioritize actions; the need to strengthen surrounding health infrastructure, including laboratory services; the importance of embedding action within an enabling policy framework; and the need to ensure sustainable funding across multiple diseases to meet identified priorities.

    Professor Amadou Moctar Dieye, director of laboratories in Senegal, said: “We cannot close the diagnostic gap without investing in human resources and increasing the number of qualified scientists and laboratory technicians that we have in our countries.

    We also need to ensure that each lab has the right equipment, tests and reagents, and that these supplies are sustainable.

    By establishing these priorities and building this foundation, we can begin to move diagnostic capability in the right direction.” Dr. Abdourahmane Sow, WAHO's Head of Epidemic and Public Health Laboratory Networks and Systems, said, "Strong laboratory leadership and governance, coupled with the development and securing of sustainable funding mechanisms, will significantly strengthen systems laboratory in West Africa".

    Dr. Pascale Ondoa, ASLM Director of Science and New Initiatives, said, "We need to rationalize investments in diagnostics to ensure they translate into stronger and more sustainable improvements in patient and public health outcomes."

    Dr. Aytenew Ashenafi Eshete, Program Manager at Africa CDC, said: "This regional workshop is an ideal forum to explore, discuss, connect and share best practices in the NEDL development process to solidify diagnostics as an important component in health care".

    Dr. Sanjay Sarin, Vice President of Access at FIND, said: “Testing gaps are greatest in low- and middle-income settings, where the burden of disease is highest and health systems are most fragile; in some cases, essential tests are available at only 1% of primary care visits.

    These include basic biochemistry and hematology tests; tests for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, syphilis and hepatitis.

    These are treatable diseases that no one should die from in 2022, but too many people don't even know they have them until it's too late.

    Developing and implementing national EDLs is a critical step in accelerating access to diagnostics and ensuring that health systems can meet the needs of the patients they serve.”

  •  The Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency PLASCHEMA organised a five kilometre fitness road walk on Saturday in Jos Shortly at the end of the exercise Dr Solomon Kwande the Director of Operations of the agency said the event was in collaboration with Jennifer Okoye a Sports Journalist and supported by Jay FM Jos Kwande explained that the road walk was aimed at achieving its mandate of ensuring Universal Health Coverage UHC in the state PLASCHEMA is an agency saddled with the responsibility of advancing the course of UHC in Plateau and if you look at what UHC is it entails that every citizen of the state is able to have access to health promotion disease prevention treatment and rehabilitation where there is need We organised this as an opportunity to entrench one of the spheres of our service delivery to the people because physical activity as an entity in lifestyle medicine has a huge responsibility in promoting healthy living It prevents the development of chronic non communicable diseases such as diabetes hypertension high liquid profile within the blood system which contribute significantly to the morbidity and mortality status in our society So regular physical activity such as this is a way of making the people imbibe physical activity as a means of living a healthy lifestyle he said Earlier Mr Dung Dalyop the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development thanked the organisers for putting the event together adding that such would promote healthy living among the citizens He said that the state goverment would continue to partner organisations and individuals who wanted to promote healthy lifestyle through sports and other meaningful ways On her part Okoye said that the benefits she derived from regular exercise prompted her into partnering PLASCHEMA to organise the fitness walk I have been doing fitness walk and other exercises for the past 20 years and in the last 15 years I have not been to the hospital for any reason We eat all manner of things and we don t exercise this is why what we consume largely becomes a problem to our bodies This is what prompted me to do this as part of my contribution towards having a healthy population in this state she said Okoye expressed delight over large outing for the exercise adding that it was an indication that the people were ready to adopt better and healthy lifestyles NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Agency organises road walk in Jos for physical fitness 
     The Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency PLASCHEMA organised a five kilometre fitness road walk on Saturday in Jos Shortly at the end of the exercise Dr Solomon Kwande the Director of Operations of the agency said the event was in collaboration with Jennifer Okoye a Sports Journalist and supported by Jay FM Jos Kwande explained that the road walk was aimed at achieving its mandate of ensuring Universal Health Coverage UHC in the state PLASCHEMA is an agency saddled with the responsibility of advancing the course of UHC in Plateau and if you look at what UHC is it entails that every citizen of the state is able to have access to health promotion disease prevention treatment and rehabilitation where there is need We organised this as an opportunity to entrench one of the spheres of our service delivery to the people because physical activity as an entity in lifestyle medicine has a huge responsibility in promoting healthy living It prevents the development of chronic non communicable diseases such as diabetes hypertension high liquid profile within the blood system which contribute significantly to the morbidity and mortality status in our society So regular physical activity such as this is a way of making the people imbibe physical activity as a means of living a healthy lifestyle he said Earlier Mr Dung Dalyop the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development thanked the organisers for putting the event together adding that such would promote healthy living among the citizens He said that the state goverment would continue to partner organisations and individuals who wanted to promote healthy lifestyle through sports and other meaningful ways On her part Okoye said that the benefits she derived from regular exercise prompted her into partnering PLASCHEMA to organise the fitness walk I have been doing fitness walk and other exercises for the past 20 years and in the last 15 years I have not been to the hospital for any reason We eat all manner of things and we don t exercise this is why what we consume largely becomes a problem to our bodies This is what prompted me to do this as part of my contribution towards having a healthy population in this state she said Okoye expressed delight over large outing for the exercise adding that it was an indication that the people were ready to adopt better and healthy lifestyles NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Agency organises road walk in Jos for physical fitness 
    General news1 month ago

    Agency organises road walk in Jos for physical fitness 

    The Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (PLASCHEMA) organised a five-kilometre fitness road walk on Saturday in Jos. Shortly at the end of the exercise, Dr Solomon Kwande, the Director of Operations of the agency, said the event was in collaboration with Jennifer Okoye, a Sports Journalist and supported by Jay FM Jos. Kwande explained that the road walk was aimed at achieving its mandate of ensuring Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the state.

    ”PLASCHEMA is an agency saddled with the responsibility of advancing the course of UHC in Plateau and if you look at what UHC is, it entails that every citizen of the state is able to have access to health promotion  “disease prevention, treatment and rehabilitation” where there is need.

    ”We organised this as an opportunity to entrench one of the spheres of our service delivery to the people because physical activity as an entity in lifestyle medicine has a huge responsibility in promoting healthy living.

    ”It prevents the development of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high liquid profile within the blood system, which contribute significantly to the morbidity and mortality status in our society.

    ”So, regular physical activity such as this is a way of making the people imbibe physical activity as a means of living a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

    Earlier, Mr Dung Dalyop,  the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development,  thanked the organisers for putting the event together, adding that such would promote healthy living among the citizens.

    He said that the state goverment would continue to partner organisations and individuals who wanted to promote healthy lifestyle through sports and other meaningful ways.

    On her part, Okoye said that the benefits she derived from regular exercise prompted her into partnering PLASCHEMA to organise the fitness walk.

    ”I have been doing fitness walk and other exercises for the past 20 years and in the last 15 years I have not been to the hospital for any reason.

    ”We eat all manner of things and we don’t exercise this is why what we consume largely becomes a problem to our bodies.

    ”This is what prompted me to do this as part of my contribution towards having a healthy population in this state,” she said.

    Okoye expressed delight over large outing for the exercise, adding that it was an indication that the people were ready to adopt better and healthy lifestyles.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Engaging politicians on health financing to achieve UHC Engaging politicians on health financing to achieve UHC Some members of the PanelAn analysis by Abiemwense Moru News Agency of Nigeria As election year draws closer it is important that the health sector should be one of the main talking points of political conversations This is because it is only when one is well and healthy that will begin to think of any economic political or social activity However this has not been the case as ethnicity religion and other issues have remained on the front burner forgetting the popular saying that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation This maxim makes it imperative for political office aspirants to articulate a comprehensive health financing mechanism to achieve Universal Health Coverage UHC where all individuals and communities receive health services they need without suffering financial hardship And to achieve UHC and more Nigeria Health Watch organised a conference on the Future of Health in Nigeria to remind politicians vying for offices in the 2023 general elections to take note key in and make provisions toward ensuring good health for all Nigerians At one of the events which took place in Abuja the Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu said in a few months Nigerians will be going to the polls to decide on the new leadership that will drive all sectors of the economy for the next four years In spite of the health sector being a critical driver of the economy across the globe it has not received optimum attention across different leaderships Achieving UHC requires strong political will at different levels of governance including the national and sub national level Ihekweazu said at the media and Civil Society Organisations CSOs roundtable organised by Nigeria Health Watch in collaboration with Centre for Universal Health that as political parties begin their campaigns it is important that CSOs and the media engage their candidates as well as citizens For the candidates this engagement will put into perspective the challenges in the health sector and the required policy interventions that will change the narrative According to her the media as agenda setters should work toward making politicians commit to public health financing a key part of their manifestoes Ihekweazu s position was buttressed by Robert Yates Executive Director Centre for Universal Health when he said as media how can you change the political discourse you can do it and it does happen if the politicians and individuals emerge they will get it This will involve sensational reporting of people dying in the hospitals as they need to be catered for put your heads together and identify the leaders who are willing Dr Grafar Alawode the Programme Director DGI Consult shared and reviewed the work done by the UHC2023 Forum on Citizen led Health Agenda He said that Nigeria had made some progress in terms of fighting child and infant mortality adding that maternal health care required more health system strengthening of having health care workers and facilities in place Alawode therefore called for the incorporation of the role of other sectors in health design and implementation He also called for leveraging Human Capital Development as springboard for multi sectoral and coordinated actions that include health education nutrition Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH and livelihood sectors Also Dr Omokhudu Idogho the Managing Director Society for Family Health said it is critical to take UHC to the states level because I see situations where a lot of fundamentals at the federal level are soon coming together some of the laws are in place and how this work will be determined at the state level Ifeyinwa Yusuf Director of Policy and Advocacy Nigeria Health Watch said there is need to do more in exploring other internal local resources to increase and pool public financing for health She said a human capital development approach should be employed in communication to the government for increased funds allocation and release for health We have to do things differently by contextualising our interventions and communication to identify influential who can bring a change in the health space engage with each other more the media and CSOs Meanwhile Prof Ben Akabueze the Director General Budget Office of the Federation says health investment service is a catalyst for economic growth Akabueze said this at the 8th Future of Health Conference with the theme The Political Economy of Health Investing on the Future of Nigeria organised by Nigeria Health Watch was germane because it would provide the opportunity to discuss the determinants of health outcomes in various options available for sustainable healthcare financing in Nigeria Akabueze who was represented by Prof Olumide Ayodele the Technical Assistant to the director general Budget Office of the Federation said the event also created an avenue to discuss measures for effective healthcare delivery across the country Akabueze who gave keynote address on financing healthcare sustainably in Nigeria said the importance of improved healthcare services for economic growth and development could not be overemphasised According to him health investment service is a catalyst for economic growth through higher labour force higher labour productivity innovations and improved well being of the population He added that it is generally said that health is wealth a healthy population engenders economic prosperity It is therefore imperative to ensure significant investment in health effective delivery of healthcare services and equitable access to healthcare services Health is high on Nigeria s development agenda in view of social economic returns of healthcare investment a key objective of the National Development Plan 2021 2025 is to enable a healthy population Akabueze who said there was need for primary healthcare to be funded at the local government level urged stakeholders to be involved to reduce mortality rate and enhance workforce He urged government CSOs and business associates to shape and monitor health interventions to ensure the desired impact He also commended the consistency of the Nigeria Health Watch for organising health conferences focusing on topical issues Also Prof Mohammed Sambo the Executive Secretary National Health Insurance Authority NHIA said it was discovered that the first law establishing Health Insurance scheme was not able to take Nigerians closer to UHC He explained that health insurance everywhere in the world is to ensure that everyone is covered adding that in Nigeria successive administrations have tried to amend the NHIS law for 23 years but not able to get that done However on May 19 this year the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Act was repealed and the National Health Insurance Authority Law was enacted The implication of the new law is that health insurance will now be for every Nigerian and every resident in Nigeria The law has also made provision for the coverage of vulnerable population Health Insurance is normally not a free healthcare as somebody has to pay As someone who is not employed has no means of payment because of his economic status someone has to pay for him or her That is why in this new law there is Vulnerable Group Fund provision with various innovative financing mechanism employed to ensure that vulnerable people receive health services He therefore said that funding should come from innovative financing mechanism to bring money into the healthcare delivery system as no country had been able to achieve UHC without public financing On her part Dr Sarah Alade the pecial Adviser to the President on Finance and Economy said discussions on healthcare are ongoing because of its importance noting however that when people are poor health spending is least because they have to feed first At the same time however we cannot have sustainable development without health Also Dr Obi Ikechukwu the Commissioner for Health Enugu State who spoke on political leadership in health said that health system governance must be strengthened for accountability Health system governance means strategic frameworks that existed and combined with effective oversight coalition building regulation attention to system design and accountability He explained that strong governance in health systems must be guided by competent leaders with clear vision and the ability to motivate and mobilise other health system stakeholders He called for political leaders who would ensure a complete state of physical social and mental wellbeing and not just the absence of disease Ikechukwu also said there should be a continuous state of adjustment of physical social mental and environmental stimulus He added that there should be a commitment to determination of the cost of healthcare which would drive efficient health benefits package at all levels Dr Hakeem Belo Osagie the Chairman Metis Capital Partners in his opening presentation said there is need to look into how the government economy is being run as a whole and what the money is spent on He said ensure those contesting for 2023 elections have interest in our economy Health is a priority and it should be health and health Public healthcare is crucial sanitation is crucial as good sanitation goes far in health During panel discussion on the Economy of Health Dr Olumide Okunola Senior Health Specialist Health Population and Nutrition World Bank said without public health financing achieving UHC would be difficult He explained that for livelihood to improve the economy must get better as faster growth is needed to create greater opportunities He said if you can reduce petroleum subsidy you can finance health education among others Okunola expressed concern on how local government spending would be accounted for now that they have autonomy saying will local councils spend on health How do you ensure more than 95 million Nigerians are able to survive he asked He therefore said there is need to establish strong foundation for a diversified economy and investing in physical financial digital and innovation infrastructure There is need to build solid framework and enhance capacities to strengthen security and ensure good governance and enabling a vibrant educated and healthy populace Prominence should be accorded to human capital development especially health education and social protection in resource allocation Another panelist Prof Obinna Onwujekwe Lancet Nigeria Commissioner said public health is known for at least two decades that good health can be achieved at low cost if the right policies are in place We know this from comparative studies of countries at the same level of economic development that revealed striking differences in health outcomes According to the studies factors that contribute to good health at low cost include a commitment to equity effective governance systems and context specific programmes that address the wider social and environmental determinants of health An ability to innovate is also important Above all government needs to be committed Another panelist Dr Onoriode Ezire Senior Health Specialist World Bank who noted that Nigeria s health sector is still largely underfunded said investment in health is directly related to the growth of the economy Ezire said the indexes are still poor adding that productivity of the country is a function of the state and status of the health of the people in the country According to him investment in health contributes to achieving other developmental goals like reduction in equity and promoting shared prosperity Government at all levels must prioritise health as lessons from COVID 19 are still fresh in our minds Government may use a mix of method to prioritise health funding Civil society and health promoters have a role to play Advocate as may be necessary provide the relevant evidences and data improve the quality and timeliness of our data Onoriode advised NANFeatures NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Engaging politicians on health financing to achieve UHC
      Engaging politicians on health financing to achieve UHC Engaging politicians on health financing to achieve UHC Some members of the PanelAn analysis by Abiemwense Moru News Agency of Nigeria As election year draws closer it is important that the health sector should be one of the main talking points of political conversations This is because it is only when one is well and healthy that will begin to think of any economic political or social activity However this has not been the case as ethnicity religion and other issues have remained on the front burner forgetting the popular saying that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation This maxim makes it imperative for political office aspirants to articulate a comprehensive health financing mechanism to achieve Universal Health Coverage UHC where all individuals and communities receive health services they need without suffering financial hardship And to achieve UHC and more Nigeria Health Watch organised a conference on the Future of Health in Nigeria to remind politicians vying for offices in the 2023 general elections to take note key in and make provisions toward ensuring good health for all Nigerians At one of the events which took place in Abuja the Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu said in a few months Nigerians will be going to the polls to decide on the new leadership that will drive all sectors of the economy for the next four years In spite of the health sector being a critical driver of the economy across the globe it has not received optimum attention across different leaderships Achieving UHC requires strong political will at different levels of governance including the national and sub national level Ihekweazu said at the media and Civil Society Organisations CSOs roundtable organised by Nigeria Health Watch in collaboration with Centre for Universal Health that as political parties begin their campaigns it is important that CSOs and the media engage their candidates as well as citizens For the candidates this engagement will put into perspective the challenges in the health sector and the required policy interventions that will change the narrative According to her the media as agenda setters should work toward making politicians commit to public health financing a key part of their manifestoes Ihekweazu s position was buttressed by Robert Yates Executive Director Centre for Universal Health when he said as media how can you change the political discourse you can do it and it does happen if the politicians and individuals emerge they will get it This will involve sensational reporting of people dying in the hospitals as they need to be catered for put your heads together and identify the leaders who are willing Dr Grafar Alawode the Programme Director DGI Consult shared and reviewed the work done by the UHC2023 Forum on Citizen led Health Agenda He said that Nigeria had made some progress in terms of fighting child and infant mortality adding that maternal health care required more health system strengthening of having health care workers and facilities in place Alawode therefore called for the incorporation of the role of other sectors in health design and implementation He also called for leveraging Human Capital Development as springboard for multi sectoral and coordinated actions that include health education nutrition Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH and livelihood sectors Also Dr Omokhudu Idogho the Managing Director Society for Family Health said it is critical to take UHC to the states level because I see situations where a lot of fundamentals at the federal level are soon coming together some of the laws are in place and how this work will be determined at the state level Ifeyinwa Yusuf Director of Policy and Advocacy Nigeria Health Watch said there is need to do more in exploring other internal local resources to increase and pool public financing for health She said a human capital development approach should be employed in communication to the government for increased funds allocation and release for health We have to do things differently by contextualising our interventions and communication to identify influential who can bring a change in the health space engage with each other more the media and CSOs Meanwhile Prof Ben Akabueze the Director General Budget Office of the Federation says health investment service is a catalyst for economic growth Akabueze said this at the 8th Future of Health Conference with the theme The Political Economy of Health Investing on the Future of Nigeria organised by Nigeria Health Watch was germane because it would provide the opportunity to discuss the determinants of health outcomes in various options available for sustainable healthcare financing in Nigeria Akabueze who was represented by Prof Olumide Ayodele the Technical Assistant to the director general Budget Office of the Federation said the event also created an avenue to discuss measures for effective healthcare delivery across the country Akabueze who gave keynote address on financing healthcare sustainably in Nigeria said the importance of improved healthcare services for economic growth and development could not be overemphasised According to him health investment service is a catalyst for economic growth through higher labour force higher labour productivity innovations and improved well being of the population He added that it is generally said that health is wealth a healthy population engenders economic prosperity It is therefore imperative to ensure significant investment in health effective delivery of healthcare services and equitable access to healthcare services Health is high on Nigeria s development agenda in view of social economic returns of healthcare investment a key objective of the National Development Plan 2021 2025 is to enable a healthy population Akabueze who said there was need for primary healthcare to be funded at the local government level urged stakeholders to be involved to reduce mortality rate and enhance workforce He urged government CSOs and business associates to shape and monitor health interventions to ensure the desired impact He also commended the consistency of the Nigeria Health Watch for organising health conferences focusing on topical issues Also Prof Mohammed Sambo the Executive Secretary National Health Insurance Authority NHIA said it was discovered that the first law establishing Health Insurance scheme was not able to take Nigerians closer to UHC He explained that health insurance everywhere in the world is to ensure that everyone is covered adding that in Nigeria successive administrations have tried to amend the NHIS law for 23 years but not able to get that done However on May 19 this year the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Act was repealed and the National Health Insurance Authority Law was enacted The implication of the new law is that health insurance will now be for every Nigerian and every resident in Nigeria The law has also made provision for the coverage of vulnerable population Health Insurance is normally not a free healthcare as somebody has to pay As someone who is not employed has no means of payment because of his economic status someone has to pay for him or her That is why in this new law there is Vulnerable Group Fund provision with various innovative financing mechanism employed to ensure that vulnerable people receive health services He therefore said that funding should come from innovative financing mechanism to bring money into the healthcare delivery system as no country had been able to achieve UHC without public financing On her part Dr Sarah Alade the pecial Adviser to the President on Finance and Economy said discussions on healthcare are ongoing because of its importance noting however that when people are poor health spending is least because they have to feed first At the same time however we cannot have sustainable development without health Also Dr Obi Ikechukwu the Commissioner for Health Enugu State who spoke on political leadership in health said that health system governance must be strengthened for accountability Health system governance means strategic frameworks that existed and combined with effective oversight coalition building regulation attention to system design and accountability He explained that strong governance in health systems must be guided by competent leaders with clear vision and the ability to motivate and mobilise other health system stakeholders He called for political leaders who would ensure a complete state of physical social and mental wellbeing and not just the absence of disease Ikechukwu also said there should be a continuous state of adjustment of physical social mental and environmental stimulus He added that there should be a commitment to determination of the cost of healthcare which would drive efficient health benefits package at all levels Dr Hakeem Belo Osagie the Chairman Metis Capital Partners in his opening presentation said there is need to look into how the government economy is being run as a whole and what the money is spent on He said ensure those contesting for 2023 elections have interest in our economy Health is a priority and it should be health and health Public healthcare is crucial sanitation is crucial as good sanitation goes far in health During panel discussion on the Economy of Health Dr Olumide Okunola Senior Health Specialist Health Population and Nutrition World Bank said without public health financing achieving UHC would be difficult He explained that for livelihood to improve the economy must get better as faster growth is needed to create greater opportunities He said if you can reduce petroleum subsidy you can finance health education among others Okunola expressed concern on how local government spending would be accounted for now that they have autonomy saying will local councils spend on health How do you ensure more than 95 million Nigerians are able to survive he asked He therefore said there is need to establish strong foundation for a diversified economy and investing in physical financial digital and innovation infrastructure There is need to build solid framework and enhance capacities to strengthen security and ensure good governance and enabling a vibrant educated and healthy populace Prominence should be accorded to human capital development especially health education and social protection in resource allocation Another panelist Prof Obinna Onwujekwe Lancet Nigeria Commissioner said public health is known for at least two decades that good health can be achieved at low cost if the right policies are in place We know this from comparative studies of countries at the same level of economic development that revealed striking differences in health outcomes According to the studies factors that contribute to good health at low cost include a commitment to equity effective governance systems and context specific programmes that address the wider social and environmental determinants of health An ability to innovate is also important Above all government needs to be committed Another panelist Dr Onoriode Ezire Senior Health Specialist World Bank who noted that Nigeria s health sector is still largely underfunded said investment in health is directly related to the growth of the economy Ezire said the indexes are still poor adding that productivity of the country is a function of the state and status of the health of the people in the country According to him investment in health contributes to achieving other developmental goals like reduction in equity and promoting shared prosperity Government at all levels must prioritise health as lessons from COVID 19 are still fresh in our minds Government may use a mix of method to prioritise health funding Civil society and health promoters have a role to play Advocate as may be necessary provide the relevant evidences and data improve the quality and timeliness of our data Onoriode advised NANFeatures NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Engaging politicians on health financing to achieve UHC
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    Engaging politicians on health financing to achieve UHC

    Engaging politicians on health financing to achieve UHC Engaging politicians on health financing to achieve UHCSome members of the PanelAn analysis by Abiemwense Moru, News Agency of Nigeria As election year draws closer, it is important that the health sector should be one of the main talking points of political conversations.

    This is because, it is only when one is well and healthy that will begin to think of any economic, political or social activity.

    However, this has not been the case as ethnicity, religion and other issues have remained on the front burner, forgetting the popular saying that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.

    This maxim makes it imperative for political office aspirants to articulate a comprehensive health financing mechanism to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), where all individuals and communities receive health services they need without suffering financial hardship.

    And to achieve UHC and more, Nigeria Health Watch organised a conference on the Future of Health in Nigeria to remind politicians vying for offices in the 2023 general elections to take note, key in and make provisions toward ensuring good health for all Nigerians.

    At one of the events which took place in Abuja, the Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch, Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu, said “in a few months, Nigerians will be going to the polls to decide on the new leadership that will drive all sectors of the economy for the next four years.

    “In spite of the health sector being a critical driver of the economy across the globe, it has not received optimum attention across different leaderships.

    “Achieving UHC requires strong political will at different levels of governance, including the national and sub-national level.

    ” Ihekweazu said at the media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) roundtable organised by Nigeria Health Watch in collaboration with Centre for Universal Health that “as political parties begin their campaigns, it is important that CSOs and the media engage their candidates as well as citizens.

    “For the candidates, this engagement will put into perspective, the challenges in the health sector and the required policy interventions that will change the narrative.

    ” According to her, the media as agenda setters should work toward making politicians commit to public health financing a key part of their manifestoes.

    Ihekweazu’s position was buttressed by Robert Yates, Executive Director, Centre for Universal Health when he said “as media, how can you change the political discourse, you can do it, and it does happen, if the politicians and individuals emerge, they will get it.

    “This will involve sensational reporting of people dying in the hospitals as they need to be catered for, put your heads together and identify the leaders who are willing.

    ” Dr Grafar Alawode, the Programme Director, DGI Consult, shared and reviewed the work done by the UHC2023 Forum on Citizen-led Health Agenda.

    He said that Nigeria had made some progress in terms of fighting child and infant mortality, adding that maternal health care required more health system strengthening of having health care workers and facilities in place.

    Alawode, therefore, called for the incorporation of the role of other sectors in health design and implementation.

    He also called for leveraging Human Capital Development as springboard for multi-sectoral and coordinated actions that include health, education, nutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and livelihood sectors.

    Also, Dr Omokhudu Idogho, the Managing Director, Society for Family Health, said it is critical to take UHC to the states level “because I see situations where a lot of fundamentals at the federal level are soon coming together, some of the laws are in place and how this work will be determined at the state level.

    ” Ifeyinwa Yusuf, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Nigeria Health Watch, said there is need to do more in exploring other internal local resources to increase and pool public financing for health.

    She said a human capital development approach should be employed in communication to the government for increased funds allocation and release for health.

    “We have to do things differently, by contextualising our interventions and communication to identify influential who can bring a change in the health space, engage with each other more, the media and CSOs.” Meanwhile, Prof. Ben Akabueze, the Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, says health investment service is a catalyst for economic growth.

    Akabueze said this at the 8th Future of Health Conference with the theme “The Political Economy of Health: Investing on the Future of Nigeria,” organised by Nigeria Health Watch was germane because it would provide the opportunity to discuss the determinants of health outcomes in various options available for sustainable healthcare financing in Nigeria.

    Akabueze, who was represented by Prof. Olumide Ayodele, the Technical Assistant to the director-general, Budget Office of the Federation, said the event also created an avenue to discuss measures for effective healthcare delivery across the country.

    Akabueze, who gave keynote address on financing healthcare sustainably in Nigeria, said the importance of improved healthcare services for economic growth and development could not be overemphasised.

    According to him, health investment service is a catalyst for economic growth through higher labour force, higher labour productivity, innovations and improved well-being of the population.

    He added that “it is generally said that health is wealth; a healthy population engenders economic prosperity.

    “It is, therefore, imperative to ensure significant investment in health, effective delivery of healthcare services and equitable access to healthcare services.

    “Health is high on Nigeria’s development agenda; in view of social economic returns of healthcare investment, a key objective of the National Development Plan 2021- 2025 is to enable a healthy population.

    ” Akabueze, who said there was need for primary healthcare to be funded at the local government level, urged stakeholders to be involved to reduce mortality rate and enhance workforce.

    He urged government, CSOs and business associates to shape and monitor health interventions to ensure the desired impact.

    He also commended the consistency of the Nigeria Health Watch for organising health conferences focusing on topical issues.

    Also, Prof. Mohammed Sambo, the Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), said it was discovered that the first law establishing Health Insurance scheme was not able to take Nigerians closer to UHC.

    He explained that health insurance everywhere in the world is to ensure that everyone is covered, adding that “in Nigeria, successive administrations have tried to amend the NHIS law for 23 years but not able to get that done.

    “However, on May 19 this year, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act was repealed and the National Health Insurance Authority Law was enacted.

    “The implication of the new law is that health insurance will now be for every Nigerian and every resident in Nigeria.

    “The law has also made provision for the coverage of vulnerable population.

    Health Insurance is normally not a free healthcare as somebody has to pay.

    “As someone who is not employed has no means of payment because of his economic status, someone has to pay for him or her.

    “That is why in this new law, there is Vulnerable Group Fund provision with various innovative financing mechanism employed to ensure that vulnerable people receive health services.

    He, therefore, said that funding should come from innovative financing mechanism to bring money into the healthcare delivery system as no country had been able to achieve UHC without public financing.

    On her part, Dr Sarah Alade, the pecial Adviser to the President on Finance and Economy, said discussions on healthcare are ongoing because of its importance, noting, however, that when people are poor, health spending is least because they have to feed first.

    “At the same time, however, we cannot have sustainable development without health.

    ” Also, Dr Obi Ikechukwu, the Commissioner for Health, Enugu State, who spoke on political leadership in health, said that health system governance must be strengthened for accountability.

    “Health system governance means strategic frameworks that existed and combined with effective oversight, coalition building, regulation, attention to system design and accountability.

    ” He explained that strong governance in health systems must be guided by competent leaders with clear vision and the ability to motivate and mobilise other health system stakeholders.

    He called for political leaders who would ensure a complete state of physical, social and mental wellbeing and not just the absence of disease.

    Ikechukwu also said there should be a continuous state of adjustment of physical, social, mental and environmental stimulus.

    He added that there should be a commitment to determination of the cost of healthcare which would drive efficient health benefits package at all levels.

    Dr Hakeem Belo-Osagie, the Chairman, Metis Capital Partners in his opening presentation, said there is need to look into how the government economy is being run as a whole and what the money is spent on.

    He said “ensure those contesting for 2023 elections have interest in our economy.

    Health is a priority and it should be health and health.

    “Public healthcare is crucial, sanitation is crucial as good sanitation goes far in health.

    ” During panel discussion on the Economy of Health, Dr Olumide Okunola, Senior Health Specialist, Health Population and Nutrition, World Bank, said without public health financing, achieving UHC would be difficult.

    He explained that for livelihood to improve, the economy must get better as faster growth is needed to create greater opportunities.

    He said “if  you can reduce petroleum subsidy, you can finance health, education, among others.

    ’’ Okunola expressed concern on how local government spending would be accounted for, now that they have autonomy, saying “will local councils spend on health?

    How do you ensure more than 95 million Nigerians are able to survive?

    ,” he asked.

    He, therefore, said there is need to establish strong foundation for a diversified economy and investing in physical, financial, digital and innovation infrastructure.

    “There is need to build solid framework and enhance capacities to strengthen security and ensure good governance and enabling a vibrant, educated and healthy populace.

    “Prominence should be accorded to human capital development especially health, education and social protection in resource allocation.

    ” Another panelist, Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe, Lancet Nigeria Commissioner, said public health is known for at least two decades that good health can be achieved at low cost if the right policies are in place.

    “We know this from comparative studies of countries at the same level of economic development that revealed striking differences in health outcomes.

    “According to the studies, factors that contribute to good health at low cost include a commitment to equity, effective governance systems, and context-specific programmes that address the wider social and environmental determinants of health.

    “An ability to innovate is also important.

    Above all, government needs to be committed.

    ” Another panelist, Dr Onoriode Ezire, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank, who noted that Nigeria’s health sector is still largely underfunded, said investment in health is directly related to the growth of the economy.

    Ezire said the indexes are still poor, adding that productivity of the country is a function of the state and status of the health of the people in the country.

    According to him, investment in health contributes to achieving other developmental goals like reduction in equity and promoting shared prosperity.

    “Government at all levels must prioritise health as lessons from COVID-19 are still fresh in our minds.

    Government may use a mix of method to prioritise health funding.

    “Civil society and health promoters have a role to play.

    Advocate as may be necessary, provide the relevant evidences and data, improve the quality and timeliness of our data,” Onoriode advised.

    (NANFeatures)
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigeria Health Watch an NGO on Wednesday tasked the media and the Civil Society Organisations CSOs to engage politicians on financing the Universal Health Coverage UHC nationwide Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu Managing Director Nigeria Health Watch made the call in Abuja at a roundtable with Robert Yates Executive Director Centre for Universal Health She said the meeting was an avenue for CSOs and the media to engage political candidates on active citizenship towards achieving UHC and Health Security in Nigeria In a few months Nigerians will be going to the polls to decide on the new leadership that will drive all sectors of the economy for the next four years In spite of the health sector being a critical driver of the economy across the globe it has not received optimum attention across different leaderships Achieving UHC requires strong political will at different levels of governance including the national and sub national level As political parties begin their campaigns it is important that CSOs and the media engage their candidates as well as citizens For the candidates this engagement will put into perspective challenges in the health sector and the required policy interventions to change the narrative This she said would create an opportunity for citizens to hold the forthcoming government accountable On his part Yates said there was a need for poor people to have access to health as the government must finance the health system adding that services must be subsidised for the poor Yates also called on wealthy people to key into the health system for everyone to benefit He said for politicians to be in power they should look for real time ideals such as financing the health system as it affected the population As media how can you change the political discourse you can do it and it does happen if the politicians and individuals emerge they will get it This will involve sensational reporting of people dying in the hospitals as they need to be catered for put your heads together and identify the leaders who are willing he said Yates also urged the media to use the languages best understood by the politicians to get them involved in financing the health system He further tasked the CSOs to always play the role of holding the government accountable Dr Grafar Alawode Programme Director DGI Consult shared and reviewed the work done by the UHC2023 forum on Citizen led health agenda He said that Nigeria had made some progress in terms of fighting child and infant mortality He also said that maternal health care required more health system strengthening of having health care workers and facilities in place Alawode therefore called for the incorporation of the role of other sectors in all health design and implementation He also called for leveraging Human Capital Development as a springboard for multi sectoral and coordinated actions that include health education nutrition WASH and livelihood sectors Also Dr Omokhudu Idogho Managing Director Society for Family Health said there was the need for UHC to be taken to the states level which was going to be critical This is because I see situations where a lot of fundamentals at the federal level are soon coming together some of the laws are in place and how this work will be determined at the state level he said Also Ifeyinwa Yusuf Director of Policy and Advocacy Nigeria Health Watch said there was need to do more in exploring other internal local resources to increase and pool public financing for health She said a human capital development approach should be employed in communication to the government to increase funds allocation and release for health We have to do things differently by contextualising our interventions and communication to identify influential who can bring a change in the health space Engage with each other more media and CSOs she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the roundtable was attended by the Coalition of CSOs and the Media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO calls for more engagement of politicians on health financing
     The Nigeria Health Watch an NGO on Wednesday tasked the media and the Civil Society Organisations CSOs to engage politicians on financing the Universal Health Coverage UHC nationwide Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu Managing Director Nigeria Health Watch made the call in Abuja at a roundtable with Robert Yates Executive Director Centre for Universal Health She said the meeting was an avenue for CSOs and the media to engage political candidates on active citizenship towards achieving UHC and Health Security in Nigeria In a few months Nigerians will be going to the polls to decide on the new leadership that will drive all sectors of the economy for the next four years In spite of the health sector being a critical driver of the economy across the globe it has not received optimum attention across different leaderships Achieving UHC requires strong political will at different levels of governance including the national and sub national level As political parties begin their campaigns it is important that CSOs and the media engage their candidates as well as citizens For the candidates this engagement will put into perspective challenges in the health sector and the required policy interventions to change the narrative This she said would create an opportunity for citizens to hold the forthcoming government accountable On his part Yates said there was a need for poor people to have access to health as the government must finance the health system adding that services must be subsidised for the poor Yates also called on wealthy people to key into the health system for everyone to benefit He said for politicians to be in power they should look for real time ideals such as financing the health system as it affected the population As media how can you change the political discourse you can do it and it does happen if the politicians and individuals emerge they will get it This will involve sensational reporting of people dying in the hospitals as they need to be catered for put your heads together and identify the leaders who are willing he said Yates also urged the media to use the languages best understood by the politicians to get them involved in financing the health system He further tasked the CSOs to always play the role of holding the government accountable Dr Grafar Alawode Programme Director DGI Consult shared and reviewed the work done by the UHC2023 forum on Citizen led health agenda He said that Nigeria had made some progress in terms of fighting child and infant mortality He also said that maternal health care required more health system strengthening of having health care workers and facilities in place Alawode therefore called for the incorporation of the role of other sectors in all health design and implementation He also called for leveraging Human Capital Development as a springboard for multi sectoral and coordinated actions that include health education nutrition WASH and livelihood sectors Also Dr Omokhudu Idogho Managing Director Society for Family Health said there was the need for UHC to be taken to the states level which was going to be critical This is because I see situations where a lot of fundamentals at the federal level are soon coming together some of the laws are in place and how this work will be determined at the state level he said Also Ifeyinwa Yusuf Director of Policy and Advocacy Nigeria Health Watch said there was need to do more in exploring other internal local resources to increase and pool public financing for health She said a human capital development approach should be employed in communication to the government to increase funds allocation and release for health We have to do things differently by contextualising our interventions and communication to identify influential who can bring a change in the health space Engage with each other more media and CSOs she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the roundtable was attended by the Coalition of CSOs and the Media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO calls for more engagement of politicians on health financing
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    NGO calls for more engagement of politicians on health financing

    The Nigeria Health Watch, an NGO, on Wednesday, tasked the media and the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to engage politicians on financing the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) nationwide.

    Mrs Vivianne Ihekweazu, Managing Director, Nigeria Health Watch, made the call in Abuja at a roundtable with Robert Yates, Executive Director, Centre for Universal Health.

    She said the meeting was an avenue for CSOs and the media to engage political candidates on active citizenship towards achieving UHC and Health Security in Nigeria.

    “In a few months, Nigerians will be going to the polls to decide on the new leadership that will drive all sectors of the economy for the next four years.

    “In spite of the health sector being a critical driver of the economy across the globe, it has not received optimum attention across different leaderships.

    “Achieving UHC requires strong political will at different levels of governance including the national and sub-national level.

    “As political parties begin their campaigns, it is important that CSOs and the media engage their candidates as well as citizens.

    “For the candidates, this engagement will put into perspective challenges in the health sector and the required policy interventions to change the narrative.

    ’’ This, she said, would create an opportunity for citizens to hold the forthcoming government accountable.

    On his part, Yates said there was a need for poor people to have access to health as the government must finance the health system, adding that services must be subsidised for the poor.

    Yates also called on wealthy people to key into the health system for everyone to benefit.

    He said for politicians to be in power, they should look for real time ideals such as financing the health system as it affected the population.

    “As media, how can you change the political discourse, you can do it, and it does happen, if the politicians and individuals emerge, they will get it.

    “This will involve sensational reporting of people dying in the hospitals as they need to be catered for, put your heads together and identify the leaders who are willing,’’ he said.

    Yates also urged the media to use the languages best understood by the politicians to get them involved in financing the health system.

    He further tasked the CSOs to always play the role of holding the government accountable.

    Dr Grafar Alawode, Programme Director, DGI Consult, shared and reviewed the work done by the UHC2023 forum on Citizen-led health agenda.

    He said that Nigeria had made some progress in terms of fighting child and infant mortality.

    He also said that maternal health care required more health system strengthening of having health care workers and facilities in place.

    Alawode, therefore, called for the incorporation of the role of other sectors in all health design and implementation.

    He also called for leveraging Human Capital Development as a springboard for multi-sectoral and coordinated actions that include health, education, nutrition, WASH, and livelihood sectors.

    Also, Dr Omokhudu Idogho, Managing Director, Society for Family Health, said there was the need for UHC to be taken to the states level which was going to be critical.

    “This is because, I see situations where a lot of fundamentals at the federal level are soon coming together, some of the laws are in place and how this work will be determined at the state level,’’ he said.

    Also, Ifeyinwa Yusuf, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Nigeria Health Watch, said there was need to do more in exploring other internal local resources to increase and pool public financing for health.

    She said a human capital development approach should be employed in communication to the government to increase funds allocation and release for health.

    “We have to do things differently, by contextualising our interventions, and communication to identify influential who can bring a change in the health space.

    “Engage with each other more, media and CSOs,’’ she said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the roundtable was attended by the Coalition of CSOs and the Media.


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  •  As Nigeria marks her 62nd Independence Anniversary on Saturday some health practitioners have commended the gains recorded in the sector while calling for more efforts to address some lingering challenges in healthcare delivery The experts made their views known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos NAN reports that Independence Day celebrated annually on Oct 1 marks Nigeria s proclamation of independence from British rule on Oct 1 1960 Prof Babatunde Salako the Director General of Nigeria Institute of Medical Research NIMR said that the country was capable of moving the health sector higher Salako said Nigeria at 62 surely has something to celebrate in the health sector because the sector is not where it was pre independence There are discernible developments in the number of hospitals across the country We now train our own workforce and have some of the hospitals performing well in terms of access to good health We may not be where we want to be yet but we are certainly not at ground zero because many useful health sector reforms have been effected while our health insurance has also recently been strengthened Innovative funding has been created to support health system financing the Basic Health Care Provision Fund National Health Act recently amended to govern the system I believe we have what we need to change the narrative and improve the weak health system now and what we need is implementation of these policies especially funding and government commitment to He also called for the review of renumeration and condition of service for health personnel There is a need to review the health workforce remuneration and conditions of service but that has to be within what the nation s economy can carry Salako said Similarly Mr Adewale Oladigbolu the National President Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria ACPN said that in spite the gains made in the health sector since Independence there were still grounds to be covered Oladigbolu said efforts should be put in place for Nigerians to have access to more preventive medication to reduce the burden of diseases and inflections From 1960 we have made some improvement and gains in our health system but there is still a lot of grounds to cover to attain the height where we ought to be by now As at 1960 the training institutions and medical personnel we had were fewer compared to what we have now However our population has grown in a geometric proportion to the extent that the more we produce the more we seem to need The current situation on ground shows that we have a lot of ground to cover based on the health indices F mor example our immunisation coverage in the rural areas is about 16 per cent and 44 per cent in the urban areas These percentages are very low and this is something we ought to have achieved 100 per cent coverage judging by the resources available to the country On Maternal Mortality HIV infections he said the rates were still high as ge emphasised the need to do more for people to have access to preventive medication Thiese gaps can be bridge if we do the needful he said For Dr Tunji Akintade a General Physician he called for utilisation of taxes for health insurance financing to drive the attainment of Universal Health Coverage UHC According to the World Health Organisation WHO UHC means that all people have access to the health services they need when and where they need them without financial hardship Akintade noted that Nigeria s inability to achieve UHC was impeded by its reliance on premium to drive health insurance financing noting that premium in a depressed economy would not achieve much He said that out of pocket spending which constituted 70 to 80 per cent of spending for health services was no longer sustainable as it inflicted undue financial pressure on citizens No country in the world has achieved UHC using premium it s done using taxes This is a major reason we ve not been able to achieve the UHC that we ve been clamouring for Ghana is around 35 to 40 per cent Norway is around 80 to 90 per cent while in Nigeria we are around five per cent he said Akintade a former Chairman Association of Nigeria Private Medical Practitioners ANPMP appealed to the three levels of government to widen the nation s tax net to capture more businesses especially those in the informal sector According to him doing this will ensure a robust and effective health insurance to save lives and reduce morbidity He added that steps should also be made to ensure effective regulation to prevent corruption from hindering access to the fund Akintade lauded the Federal Government for the establishment of a Vulnerable Group Fund to ensure health insurance coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who could not afford to pay premiums He noted that such initiatives through the National Health Insurance Authority should be enhanced to impact more citizens NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria at 62: Practitioners commend gain in health sector 
     As Nigeria marks her 62nd Independence Anniversary on Saturday some health practitioners have commended the gains recorded in the sector while calling for more efforts to address some lingering challenges in healthcare delivery The experts made their views known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos NAN reports that Independence Day celebrated annually on Oct 1 marks Nigeria s proclamation of independence from British rule on Oct 1 1960 Prof Babatunde Salako the Director General of Nigeria Institute of Medical Research NIMR said that the country was capable of moving the health sector higher Salako said Nigeria at 62 surely has something to celebrate in the health sector because the sector is not where it was pre independence There are discernible developments in the number of hospitals across the country We now train our own workforce and have some of the hospitals performing well in terms of access to good health We may not be where we want to be yet but we are certainly not at ground zero because many useful health sector reforms have been effected while our health insurance has also recently been strengthened Innovative funding has been created to support health system financing the Basic Health Care Provision Fund National Health Act recently amended to govern the system I believe we have what we need to change the narrative and improve the weak health system now and what we need is implementation of these policies especially funding and government commitment to He also called for the review of renumeration and condition of service for health personnel There is a need to review the health workforce remuneration and conditions of service but that has to be within what the nation s economy can carry Salako said Similarly Mr Adewale Oladigbolu the National President Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria ACPN said that in spite the gains made in the health sector since Independence there were still grounds to be covered Oladigbolu said efforts should be put in place for Nigerians to have access to more preventive medication to reduce the burden of diseases and inflections From 1960 we have made some improvement and gains in our health system but there is still a lot of grounds to cover to attain the height where we ought to be by now As at 1960 the training institutions and medical personnel we had were fewer compared to what we have now However our population has grown in a geometric proportion to the extent that the more we produce the more we seem to need The current situation on ground shows that we have a lot of ground to cover based on the health indices F mor example our immunisation coverage in the rural areas is about 16 per cent and 44 per cent in the urban areas These percentages are very low and this is something we ought to have achieved 100 per cent coverage judging by the resources available to the country On Maternal Mortality HIV infections he said the rates were still high as ge emphasised the need to do more for people to have access to preventive medication Thiese gaps can be bridge if we do the needful he said For Dr Tunji Akintade a General Physician he called for utilisation of taxes for health insurance financing to drive the attainment of Universal Health Coverage UHC According to the World Health Organisation WHO UHC means that all people have access to the health services they need when and where they need them without financial hardship Akintade noted that Nigeria s inability to achieve UHC was impeded by its reliance on premium to drive health insurance financing noting that premium in a depressed economy would not achieve much He said that out of pocket spending which constituted 70 to 80 per cent of spending for health services was no longer sustainable as it inflicted undue financial pressure on citizens No country in the world has achieved UHC using premium it s done using taxes This is a major reason we ve not been able to achieve the UHC that we ve been clamouring for Ghana is around 35 to 40 per cent Norway is around 80 to 90 per cent while in Nigeria we are around five per cent he said Akintade a former Chairman Association of Nigeria Private Medical Practitioners ANPMP appealed to the three levels of government to widen the nation s tax net to capture more businesses especially those in the informal sector According to him doing this will ensure a robust and effective health insurance to save lives and reduce morbidity He added that steps should also be made to ensure effective regulation to prevent corruption from hindering access to the fund Akintade lauded the Federal Government for the establishment of a Vulnerable Group Fund to ensure health insurance coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who could not afford to pay premiums He noted that such initiatives through the National Health Insurance Authority should be enhanced to impact more citizens NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria at 62: Practitioners commend gain in health sector 
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    Nigeria at 62: Practitioners commend gain in health sector 

    As Nigeria marks her 62nd Independence Anniversary on Saturday, some health practitioners  have commended the gains recorded in  the sector while calling for more efforts to address some lingering challenges in healthcare delivery.

    The experts made their views known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

    NAN reports that Independence Day, celebrated annually on Oct. 1, marks Nigeria’s proclamation of independence from British rule on Oct. 1, 1960. Prof. Babatunde Salako, the Director-General of Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), said that the country was capable of moving the health sector higher.

    Salako said: “Nigeria at 62 surely has something to celebrate in the health sector because the sector is not where it was pre-independence.

    “There are discernible developments in the number of hospitals across the country.

    “We now train our own workforce, and have some of the hospitals performing well in terms of access to good health.

    “We may not be where we want to be yet, but we are certainly not at ground zero because many useful health sector reforms have been effected while our health insurance has also recently been strengthened.

    “Innovative funding has been created to support health system financing, the Basic Health Care Provision Fund. National Health Act recently amended to govern the system.

    “I believe we have what we need to change the narrative and improve the weak health system now and what we need is implementation of these policies especially funding and government commitment to.

    ’’He also called for the review of renumeration and condition of service for health personnel.

    “There is a need to review the health workforce remuneration and conditions of service but that has to be within what the nation’s economy can carry,” Salako said.

    Similarly, Mr Adewale Oladigbolu, the National President, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), said that in spite the gains made in the health sector since Independence, there were still grounds to be covered.

    Oladigbolu said efforts should be put in place for Nigerians to have access to more preventive medication to reduce the burden of diseases and inflections.

    “From 1960, we have made some improvement and gains in our health system but there is still a lot of grounds to cover to attain the height where we ought to be by now.

    “As at 1960, the training institutions and medical personnel we had were  fewer compared to what we have now.

    “However, our population has grown in a geometric proportion to the extent that the more we produce, the more we seem to need.

    “The current situation on ground shows that we have a lot of ground to cover based on the health indices.

    “F,mor example, our immunisation coverage in the rural areas is about 16 per cent and 44 per cent in the urban areas.

    “These percentages are very low and this is something we ought to have achieved 100 per cent coverage judging by the resources available to the country.

    ”On Maternal Mortality HIV infections, he said the  rates were still high, as ge emphasised the need to do more for people to have access to preventive medication.

    ” Thiese gaps  can be bridge if we do the needful,’’ he said.

    For  Dr Tunji Akintade, a General Physician,  he called for utilisation of taxes for health insurance financing to drive the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), UHC means that all people have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.

    Akintade noted that Nigeria’s inability to achieve UHC was impeded by its reliance on premium to drive health insurance financing, noting that premium in a depressed economy would not achieve much.

    He said that out-of-pocket spending which constituted 70 to 80 per cent of spending for health services was no longer sustainable as it inflicted undue financial pressure on citizens.

    “No country in the world has achieved UHC using premium, it’s done using taxes.

    This is a major reason we’ve not been able to achieve the UHC that we’ve been clamouring for.

    “Ghana is around 35 to 40 per cent, Norway is around 80 to 90 per cent, while in Nigeria, we are around five per cent,’’ he said.

    Akintade, a former Chairman, Association of Nigeria Private Medical Practitioners (ANPMP), appealed to the three levels of government to widen the nation’s tax net to capture more businesses, especially those in the informal sector.

    According to him, doing this will ensure a robust and effective health insurance to save lives and reduce morbidity.

    He added that steps should also be made to ensure effective regulation to prevent corruption from hindering access to the fund.

    Akintade lauded the Federal Government for the establishment of a Vulnerable Group Fund to ensure health insurance coverage of 83 million poor Nigerians who could not afford to pay premiums.

    He noted that such initiatives through the National Health Insurance Authority should be enhanced to impact more citizens.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Nigeria 62 NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Nigeria 62 NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Budget By Folasade Akpan Abuja Sept 30 2022 As the nation marks 62 years of independence the Nigerian Medical Association NMA has called for appropriate budgetary allocation to health and Universal Health Coverage UHC The association s National President Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call in a congratulatory message to Nigerians on Friday in Abuja According to him the association is suitably placed to continue to engage governments at all levels to make adequate provisions for the health of the people This advocacy is inherent in our constant calls for appropriate budgetary allocation to health UHC and stemming the tide of medical brain drain amongst other germane issues in the health sector for which the NMA is a champion While congratulating Nigerians for staying as one in spite of the many challenges it faced he said that Nigeria was a blessed nation endowed by God with abundant human and material resources Ojinmah added its greatest asset were its people and their diversity I thank God for keeping us together despite the turbulences and upheavals we have experienced as a people and pray for God to grant us the nation of our dreams he said He also said as the 2023 general elections draws near Nigerians should be determined to make the age of 62 the best for Nigeria by insisting on credible polls Ojinmah said that the insistence on credible polls starts with participation in the electoral process by registering and obtaining a Permanent Voters Card PVC setting an agenda for the candidates and demanding accountability from elected officials I am glad that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammad Buhari has reiterated his determination to leave a legacy of transparent free and fair polls www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health
      Nigeria 62 NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Nigeria 62 NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Budget By Folasade Akpan Abuja Sept 30 2022 As the nation marks 62 years of independence the Nigerian Medical Association NMA has called for appropriate budgetary allocation to health and Universal Health Coverage UHC The association s National President Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call in a congratulatory message to Nigerians on Friday in Abuja According to him the association is suitably placed to continue to engage governments at all levels to make adequate provisions for the health of the people This advocacy is inherent in our constant calls for appropriate budgetary allocation to health UHC and stemming the tide of medical brain drain amongst other germane issues in the health sector for which the NMA is a champion While congratulating Nigerians for staying as one in spite of the many challenges it faced he said that Nigeria was a blessed nation endowed by God with abundant human and material resources Ojinmah added its greatest asset were its people and their diversity I thank God for keeping us together despite the turbulences and upheavals we have experienced as a people and pray for God to grant us the nation of our dreams he said He also said as the 2023 general elections draws near Nigerians should be determined to make the age of 62 the best for Nigeria by insisting on credible polls Ojinmah said that the insistence on credible polls starts with participation in the electoral process by registering and obtaining a Permanent Voters Card PVC setting an agenda for the candidates and demanding accountability from elected officials I am glad that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammad Buhari has reiterated his determination to leave a legacy of transparent free and fair polls www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health
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    Nigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health

    Nigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for healthNigeria @ 62: NMA calls for appropriate budget allocation for health Budget By Folasade Akpan Abuja, Sept. 30, (2022) As the nation marks 62 years of independence, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called for appropriate budgetary allocation to health and Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

    The association’s National President, Dr Uche Ojinmah, made the call in a congratulatory message to Nigerians on Friday in Abuja.

    According to him, the association is suitably placed to continue to engage governments at all levels to make adequate provisions for the health of the people.

    “This advocacy is inherent in our constant calls for appropriate budgetary allocation to health, UHC and stemming the tide of medical brain drain amongst other germane issues in the health sector for which the NMA is a champion.

    ” While congratulating Nigerians for staying as one in spite of the many challenges it faced, he said that Nigeria was a blessed nation endowed by God with abundant human and material resources.

    Ojinmah added its greatest asset were its people and their diversity.

    “I thank God for keeping us together despite the turbulences and upheavals we have experienced as a people and pray for God to grant us the nation of our dreams”, he said.

    He also said as the 2023 general elections draws near, Nigerians should be determined to make the age of 62 the best for Nigeria by insisting on credible polls.

    Ojinmah said that the insistence on credible polls starts with participation in the electoral process by registering and obtaining a Permanent Voters Card (PVC), setting an agenda for the candidates and demanding accountability from elected officials.

    “I am glad that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammad Buhari, has reiterated his determination to leave a legacy of transparent, free and fair polls.

    ” www.

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  •  Oyo State Government says it has enrolled 45 000 poor and vulnerable people under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund BHCPF in the state The Secretary to the State Government SSG Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun made this known at the launch of the programme on Friday at the Aafin Primary Healthcare Centre in Oyo Atiba Local Government area Adeosun said that this was part of Gov Seyi Makinde led administration s efforts to provide free medical services for the people She said the vision of the state government was to achieve Universal Health Coverage UHC for all residents of the state where no one was left behind in accessing healthcare Adeosun extolled the state government for availing the residents of the state the opportunity under the BHCPF scheme She enjoined the enrollees to take advantage of the opportunity under access to care scheme without paying out of pocket The SSG performed the symbolic distribution of BHCPF ID cards to the enrollees She reiterated the commitment of Makinde s administration to achieving UHC Also Dr Sola Akande the Executive Secretary Oyo State Health Insurance Agency OYSHIA said Oyo State is about to witness the final push toward Universal Healthcare in Oyo State and Nigeria at large Akande said at the official flag off ceremonies of access to care under BHCPF that the Federal Government through the National Health Insurance Authority NHIA has made available a total amount of N450 million in the first tranche and N264 million in the second tranche for enrollment of 37 500 lives He however announced that through the innovation of the agency the same amount of money would be used to enroll 45 000 residents of the state into the scheme The Secretary to the State Government also assured successful enrollees that they could access care without paying out of pocket through the ID card issued to them by the agency The Basic Healthcare Provision Fund s primary objective is to help achieve Universal Health Coverage and enhance access to primary healthcare services for Oyo State citizens especially the poor and the vulnerable women children under five and children in orphanages Present at the flag off ceremony were the Oyomesi led by High Chief Yusuf Ayoola the Oosorun of Oyo the General Manager NHIA Lagos office Mr Olufemi Akingbade the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr Adesoji Adeyanju the Executive Secretary Oyo State Primary Health Care Board Dr Muyideen Olatunji among others As the state flagged off access to care under BHCPF the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency have empaneled 22 018 lives into 127 PHC s across 33 LGAs It has also paid capitation into all of these facilities for effective healthcare service delivery to enrollees NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oyo Govt enrols 45,000 poor, vulnerable children for basic healthcare
     Oyo State Government says it has enrolled 45 000 poor and vulnerable people under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund BHCPF in the state The Secretary to the State Government SSG Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun made this known at the launch of the programme on Friday at the Aafin Primary Healthcare Centre in Oyo Atiba Local Government area Adeosun said that this was part of Gov Seyi Makinde led administration s efforts to provide free medical services for the people She said the vision of the state government was to achieve Universal Health Coverage UHC for all residents of the state where no one was left behind in accessing healthcare Adeosun extolled the state government for availing the residents of the state the opportunity under the BHCPF scheme She enjoined the enrollees to take advantage of the opportunity under access to care scheme without paying out of pocket The SSG performed the symbolic distribution of BHCPF ID cards to the enrollees She reiterated the commitment of Makinde s administration to achieving UHC Also Dr Sola Akande the Executive Secretary Oyo State Health Insurance Agency OYSHIA said Oyo State is about to witness the final push toward Universal Healthcare in Oyo State and Nigeria at large Akande said at the official flag off ceremonies of access to care under BHCPF that the Federal Government through the National Health Insurance Authority NHIA has made available a total amount of N450 million in the first tranche and N264 million in the second tranche for enrollment of 37 500 lives He however announced that through the innovation of the agency the same amount of money would be used to enroll 45 000 residents of the state into the scheme The Secretary to the State Government also assured successful enrollees that they could access care without paying out of pocket through the ID card issued to them by the agency The Basic Healthcare Provision Fund s primary objective is to help achieve Universal Health Coverage and enhance access to primary healthcare services for Oyo State citizens especially the poor and the vulnerable women children under five and children in orphanages Present at the flag off ceremony were the Oyomesi led by High Chief Yusuf Ayoola the Oosorun of Oyo the General Manager NHIA Lagos office Mr Olufemi Akingbade the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr Adesoji Adeyanju the Executive Secretary Oyo State Primary Health Care Board Dr Muyideen Olatunji among others As the state flagged off access to care under BHCPF the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency have empaneled 22 018 lives into 127 PHC s across 33 LGAs It has also paid capitation into all of these facilities for effective healthcare service delivery to enrollees NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oyo Govt enrols 45,000 poor, vulnerable children for basic healthcare
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    Oyo Govt enrols 45,000 poor, vulnerable children for basic healthcare

    Oyo State Government says it has enrolled 45,000 poor and vulnerable people under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) in the state.

    The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, made this known at the launch of the programme on Friday at the Aafin Primary Healthcare Centre in Oyo, Atiba Local Government area.

    Adeosun said that this was part of Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration’s efforts to provide free medical services for the people.

    She said the vision of the state government was to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all residents of the state where no one was left behind in accessing healthcare.

    Adeosun extolled the state government for availing the residents of the state the opportunity under the BHCPF scheme.

    She enjoined the enrollees to take advantage of the opportunity under access to care scheme without paying out of pocket.

    The SSG performed the symbolic distribution of BHCPF ID cards to the enrollees.

    She reiterated the commitment of Makinde’s administration to achieving UHC.

    Also, Dr Sola Akande, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, (OYSHIA), said, “Oyo State is about to witness the final push toward Universal Healthcare in Oyo State and Nigeria at large.

    ” Akande, said at the official flag-off ceremonies of access to care under BHCPF, that the Federal Government, through the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has made available a total amount of N450 million in the first tranche and N264 million in the second tranche for enrollment of 37, 500 lives.

    He, however, announced that through the innovation of the agency, the same amount of money would be used to enroll 45,000 residents of the state into the scheme.

    The Secretary to the State Government also assured successful enrollees that they could access care without paying out-of-pocket through the ID card issued to them by the agency.

    The Basic Healthcare Provision Fund’s primary objective is to help achieve Universal Health Coverage and enhance access to primary healthcare services for Oyo State citizens, especially the poor and the vulnerable, women, children under five and children in orphanages.

    Present at the flag-off ceremony were the Oyomesi led by High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, the Oosorun of Oyo; the General Manager, NHIA, Lagos office, Mr Olufemi Akingbade; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Adesoji Adeyanju; the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Muyideen Olatunji, among others.

    As the state flagged off access to care, under BHCPF, the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency have empaneled 22,018 lives into 127 PHC’s across 33 LGAs. It has also paid capitation into all of these facilities for effective healthcare service delivery to enrollees.


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  •   On September 19 2022 HE Don Pramudwinai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the meeting of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH organized by Senegal as President of the FPGH at the Permanent Mission of Senegal at the United Nations in New York The Republic of Senegal assumed the role of President of the FPGH from the beginning of 2022 The Meeting aimed to discuss the possible cooperation between the Members of the Group on public health issues at the international level namely 1 reforms of the health architecture global 2 ways to ensure the continued provision of public health services and economic recovery in the post COVID 19 era 3 concrete suggestions to reduce public health gaps and increase access to the vaccine and 4 discussions on the Group s draft Resolution to be presented to UNGA77 DPM FM highlighted that the global health architecture needs comprehensive reform both structural and functional changes to more effectively address emerging threats to health He shared his thoughts on how to make the global health architecture more equitable more inclusive and more coherent In Equidad DPM FM stressed that resources for the recovery of health systems must be redirected to accelerate Universal Health Coverage UHC and increase the capacity of primary health care The Thai UHC could support the response to the pandemic through universal and equitable access to services related to COVID 19 for both Thai and non Thai populations DPM FM also highlighted the importance of prevention as a profitable investment in health including through promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing pre existing cases of ill health In this regard Thailand will bid to host Expo 2028 in Phuket under the theme The Future of Life Living in Harmony Sharing Prosperity which underlines the importance of healthy living and showcases Thailand s competence as a center world class doctor and leading destination in medical tourism On Inclusiveness DPM FM emphasized the need to engage stakeholders to act collectively for the common good while equipping health personnel with adequate public health competencies In addition Thailand has hired village health volunteers trained migrant health workers and worked with neighboring countries to develop new epidemiologists through the International Field Epidemiology Training Program IFETP On Coherence DPM FM emphasized that any reform of the global health architecture must be synergized in terms of objectives and priorities in order to avoid the proliferation and fragmentation of health governance DPM FM particularly underlined the need for complementarity and coherence between work on a future pandemic instrument and specific amendments to the International Health Regulations 2005 In addition he shared Thailand s experience in the WHO Universal Health and Preparedness Review UHPR process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Thai health system and encouraged FPGH members to join said review and share the lessons learned with the international community The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH was established in 2006 as a platform for cooperation among seven members with a special focus on the interconnection between health and foreign policy The Group is made up of seven countries Norway France Brazil Indonesia Senegal South Africa and Thailand The FPGH has presented a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly with different themes issues on health each year The 2022 theme under the Senegalese presidency is Strengthening consensus on global health in a post COVID 19 world building a healthier world for all
    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) Meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA77
      On September 19 2022 HE Don Pramudwinai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the meeting of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH organized by Senegal as President of the FPGH at the Permanent Mission of Senegal at the United Nations in New York The Republic of Senegal assumed the role of President of the FPGH from the beginning of 2022 The Meeting aimed to discuss the possible cooperation between the Members of the Group on public health issues at the international level namely 1 reforms of the health architecture global 2 ways to ensure the continued provision of public health services and economic recovery in the post COVID 19 era 3 concrete suggestions to reduce public health gaps and increase access to the vaccine and 4 discussions on the Group s draft Resolution to be presented to UNGA77 DPM FM highlighted that the global health architecture needs comprehensive reform both structural and functional changes to more effectively address emerging threats to health He shared his thoughts on how to make the global health architecture more equitable more inclusive and more coherent In Equidad DPM FM stressed that resources for the recovery of health systems must be redirected to accelerate Universal Health Coverage UHC and increase the capacity of primary health care The Thai UHC could support the response to the pandemic through universal and equitable access to services related to COVID 19 for both Thai and non Thai populations DPM FM also highlighted the importance of prevention as a profitable investment in health including through promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing pre existing cases of ill health In this regard Thailand will bid to host Expo 2028 in Phuket under the theme The Future of Life Living in Harmony Sharing Prosperity which underlines the importance of healthy living and showcases Thailand s competence as a center world class doctor and leading destination in medical tourism On Inclusiveness DPM FM emphasized the need to engage stakeholders to act collectively for the common good while equipping health personnel with adequate public health competencies In addition Thailand has hired village health volunteers trained migrant health workers and worked with neighboring countries to develop new epidemiologists through the International Field Epidemiology Training Program IFETP On Coherence DPM FM emphasized that any reform of the global health architecture must be synergized in terms of objectives and priorities in order to avoid the proliferation and fragmentation of health governance DPM FM particularly underlined the need for complementarity and coherence between work on a future pandemic instrument and specific amendments to the International Health Regulations 2005 In addition he shared Thailand s experience in the WHO Universal Health and Preparedness Review UHPR process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Thai health system and encouraged FPGH members to join said review and share the lessons learned with the international community The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative FPGH was established in 2006 as a platform for cooperation among seven members with a special focus on the interconnection between health and foreign policy The Group is made up of seven countries Norway France Brazil Indonesia Senegal South Africa and Thailand The FPGH has presented a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly with different themes issues on health each year The 2022 theme under the Senegalese presidency is Strengthening consensus on global health in a post COVID 19 world building a healthier world for all
    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) Meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA77
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    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) Meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA77

    On September 19, 2022, HE Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand attended the meeting of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH), organized by Senegal as President of the FPGH, at the Permanent Mission of Senegal at the United Nations in New York. The Republic of Senegal assumed the role of President of the FPGH from the beginning of 2022.

    The Meeting aimed to discuss the possible cooperation between the Members of the Group on public health issues at the international level, namely (1) reforms of the health architecture global; (2) ways to ensure the continued provision of public health services and economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era; (3) concrete suggestions to reduce public health gaps and increase access to the vaccine; and (4) discussions on the Group's draft Resolution to be presented to UNGA77.

    DPM/FM highlighted that the global health architecture needs comprehensive reform, both structural and functional changes, to more effectively address emerging threats to health.

    He shared his thoughts on how to make the global health architecture more equitable, more inclusive, and more coherent.

    In 'Equidad', DPM/FM stressed that resources for the recovery of health systems must be redirected to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and increase the capacity of primary health care.

    The Thai UHC could support the response to the pandemic through universal and equitable access to services related to COVID-19, for both Thai and non-Thai populations.

    DPM/FM also highlighted the importance of prevention, as a profitable investment in health, including through promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing pre-existing cases of ill health.

    In this regard, Thailand will bid to host Expo 2028 in Phuket under the theme "The Future of Life: Living in Harmony, Sharing Prosperity", which underlines the importance of healthy living and showcases Thailand's competence as a center world class doctor.

    and leading destination in medical tourism.

    On “Inclusiveness”, DPM/FM emphasized the need to engage stakeholders to act collectively for the common good, while equipping health personnel with adequate public health competencies.

    In addition, Thailand has hired "village health volunteers," trained migrant health workers, and worked with neighboring countries to develop new epidemiologists through the International Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP).

    On “Coherence”, DPM/FM emphasized that any reform of the global health architecture must be synergized in terms of objectives and priorities, in order to avoid the proliferation and fragmentation of health governance.

    DPM/FM particularly underlined the need for complementarity and coherence between work on a future 'pandemic instrument' and specific amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005).

    In addition, he shared Thailand's experience in the WHO Universal Health and Preparedness Review (UHPR) process to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Thai health system and encouraged FPGH members to join said review and share the lessons learned with the international community.

    The Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative (FPGH) was established in 2006 as a platform for cooperation among seven members, with a special focus on the interconnection between health and foreign policy.

    The Group is made up of seven countries: Norway, France, Brazil, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand.

    The FPGH has presented a draft resolution in the UN General Assembly with different themes/issues on health each year.

    The 2022 theme under the Senegalese presidency is "Strengthening consensus on global health in a post-COVID-19 world: building a healthier world for all."

  •   The Kingdom of Eswatini has once again hosted delegates from the Eastern Central and Southern African College of Nursing ECSACON for the 15th Biennial Scientific Conference and 7th Quadrennial General Assembly The conference kicked off on a high note in Manzini on September 13 2022 with delegates from 16 countries across East Central and Southern Africa including Uganda South Africa Tanzania Rwanda Zimbabwe Namibia Seychelles and the hosts Eswatini Botswana and Lesotho The last conference was held in the Kingdom in August 1998 under the theme Improving Adolescent Health Nurses and Midwives Working in Partnership with Communities and was officiated by Her Majesty King Mswati III This was one of the most memorable events where the country witnessed nursing and midwifery science experts sharing scientific knowledge and best practices aimed at improving the health of our people The conference was officially opened by the Director General of the World Health Organization WHO Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus Broadcasting a recorded message he began by applauding all the nurses and midwives in South East and Central Africa for their steadfast commitment and courage during the COVID 19 pandemic He also pointed out that there is a shortage of nurses and midwives around the world adding that there is a notable shortage in the African region He mentioned that at the World Health Assembly WHA countries committed to strengthening support and safeguarding nurses midwives and other members of the health care workforce Dr Ghebreyesus highlighted that WHO has developed tools to help countries meet this commitment including the Global Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery He noted that there are encouraging signs of progress in this regard WHO remains committed to helping all countries strengthen their health workforce especially in Africa and we remain committed to supporting all nurses and midwives to ensure they receive quality education a living wage a safe and supportive environment and the respect they deserve he said During the official opening His Excellency the Honorable Acting Prime Minister of Eswatini Themba Masuku recognized the tremendous progress that African countries have made in addressing the health problems of adolescents who due to HIV AIDS suffered a setback in the early 2000s until the discovery of antiretroviral drugs drugs that became a solution to the burden of HIV Masuku reiterated that the extraordinary commitment selflessness passion impartiality and dedication cannot be overstated demonstrated by nurses and midwives to address the health challenges facing communities and meet regional and global goals She added that the Kingdom of Eswatini like other countries in the ECSA region is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage UHC and that nurses and midwives are essential to achieving UHC through Primary Health Care C you are the first healthcare personnel to interact with patients and sometimes the only healthcare professional a patient will see It provides care support and treatment to the sick injured dying and supports their families and communities he said Masuku noted that the changing burden of disease and new emerging diseases such as COVID 19 have highlighted the need to strengthen the way healthcare is delivered in the ECSA region and the world at large He further stated that this also challenges the nursing and midwifery professions to embrace science and innovation while constantly seeking solutions to the new and complex challenges they face in nurse and midwife production education leadership and management research and practice clinic The acting prime minister also noted that the sub Saharan African region has grown economically over the past two decades with an impressive growth of more than 300 in total GDP since 2000 This growth he noted has been accompanied by increases in health spending and significant gains in health outcomes with improvements in health care and health outcomes directly supported by economic growth in the region Despite the progress Masuku added the region still struggles with the highest disease burden in the world including an emerging double burden of communicable and non communicable diseases This requires investing in the Nursing and Midwifery professions if we want to achieve Universal Health Coverage as well as the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Similarly the COVID 19 pandemic has profoundly affected nursing education and practice This pandemic has exposed gaps and vulnerabilities in health systems and has presented important lessons for future preparedness he said adding that the conference therefore comes at an opportune time to share lessons learned and learn from each other to contribute to achieving universal health coverage and sustainable development goals We cannot succeed without each other and we must engage with respect and dignity while seeking guidance from standards and principles that have evolved through time experience and collective wisdom The conference was attended by over 400 nurses who took the time to observe a moment of silence for all the nurses and midwives who have lost their lives due to COVID 19 Delegates also recommitted to faithfully practicing the profession and upholding and upholding the standard of the nursing profession ECSACON has contributed for the past 32 years to capacity building in nursing education regulation and practice She has contributed to several studies including the State of the World Nursing report and the World Midwifery report to name a few
    Eswatini hosts the 15th Biennial Conference of the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing
      The Kingdom of Eswatini has once again hosted delegates from the Eastern Central and Southern African College of Nursing ECSACON for the 15th Biennial Scientific Conference and 7th Quadrennial General Assembly The conference kicked off on a high note in Manzini on September 13 2022 with delegates from 16 countries across East Central and Southern Africa including Uganda South Africa Tanzania Rwanda Zimbabwe Namibia Seychelles and the hosts Eswatini Botswana and Lesotho The last conference was held in the Kingdom in August 1998 under the theme Improving Adolescent Health Nurses and Midwives Working in Partnership with Communities and was officiated by Her Majesty King Mswati III This was one of the most memorable events where the country witnessed nursing and midwifery science experts sharing scientific knowledge and best practices aimed at improving the health of our people The conference was officially opened by the Director General of the World Health Organization WHO Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus Broadcasting a recorded message he began by applauding all the nurses and midwives in South East and Central Africa for their steadfast commitment and courage during the COVID 19 pandemic He also pointed out that there is a shortage of nurses and midwives around the world adding that there is a notable shortage in the African region He mentioned that at the World Health Assembly WHA countries committed to strengthening support and safeguarding nurses midwives and other members of the health care workforce Dr Ghebreyesus highlighted that WHO has developed tools to help countries meet this commitment including the Global Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery He noted that there are encouraging signs of progress in this regard WHO remains committed to helping all countries strengthen their health workforce especially in Africa and we remain committed to supporting all nurses and midwives to ensure they receive quality education a living wage a safe and supportive environment and the respect they deserve he said During the official opening His Excellency the Honorable Acting Prime Minister of Eswatini Themba Masuku recognized the tremendous progress that African countries have made in addressing the health problems of adolescents who due to HIV AIDS suffered a setback in the early 2000s until the discovery of antiretroviral drugs drugs that became a solution to the burden of HIV Masuku reiterated that the extraordinary commitment selflessness passion impartiality and dedication cannot be overstated demonstrated by nurses and midwives to address the health challenges facing communities and meet regional and global goals She added that the Kingdom of Eswatini like other countries in the ECSA region is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage UHC and that nurses and midwives are essential to achieving UHC through Primary Health Care C you are the first healthcare personnel to interact with patients and sometimes the only healthcare professional a patient will see It provides care support and treatment to the sick injured dying and supports their families and communities he said Masuku noted that the changing burden of disease and new emerging diseases such as COVID 19 have highlighted the need to strengthen the way healthcare is delivered in the ECSA region and the world at large He further stated that this also challenges the nursing and midwifery professions to embrace science and innovation while constantly seeking solutions to the new and complex challenges they face in nurse and midwife production education leadership and management research and practice clinic The acting prime minister also noted that the sub Saharan African region has grown economically over the past two decades with an impressive growth of more than 300 in total GDP since 2000 This growth he noted has been accompanied by increases in health spending and significant gains in health outcomes with improvements in health care and health outcomes directly supported by economic growth in the region Despite the progress Masuku added the region still struggles with the highest disease burden in the world including an emerging double burden of communicable and non communicable diseases This requires investing in the Nursing and Midwifery professions if we want to achieve Universal Health Coverage as well as the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Similarly the COVID 19 pandemic has profoundly affected nursing education and practice This pandemic has exposed gaps and vulnerabilities in health systems and has presented important lessons for future preparedness he said adding that the conference therefore comes at an opportune time to share lessons learned and learn from each other to contribute to achieving universal health coverage and sustainable development goals We cannot succeed without each other and we must engage with respect and dignity while seeking guidance from standards and principles that have evolved through time experience and collective wisdom The conference was attended by over 400 nurses who took the time to observe a moment of silence for all the nurses and midwives who have lost their lives due to COVID 19 Delegates also recommitted to faithfully practicing the profession and upholding and upholding the standard of the nursing profession ECSACON has contributed for the past 32 years to capacity building in nursing education regulation and practice She has contributed to several studies including the State of the World Nursing report and the World Midwifery report to name a few
    Eswatini hosts the 15th Biennial Conference of the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing
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    Eswatini hosts the 15th Biennial Conference of the Eastern, Central and Southern Africa College of Nursing

    The Kingdom of Eswatini has once again hosted delegates from the Eastern, Central and Southern African College of Nursing (ECSACON) for the 15th Biennial Scientific Conference and 7th Quadrennial General Assembly.

    The conference kicked off on a high note in Manzini on September 13, 2022, with delegates from 16 countries across East, Central and Southern Africa, including Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Seychelles, and the hosts Eswatini, Botswana and Lesotho.

    The last conference was held in the Kingdom in August 1998, under the theme: 'Improving Adolescent Health: Nurses and Midwives Working in Partnership with Communities' and was officiated by Her Majesty King Mswati III.

    This was one of the most memorable events where the country witnessed nursing and midwifery science experts sharing scientific knowledge and best practices aimed at improving the health of our people.

    The conference was officially opened by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.

    Broadcasting a recorded message, he began by applauding all the nurses and midwives in South, East and Central Africa for their steadfast commitment and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    He also pointed out that there is a shortage of nurses and midwives around the world, adding that there is a notable shortage in the African region.

    He mentioned that at the World Health Assembly (WHA), countries committed to strengthening support and safeguarding nurses, midwives and other members of the health care workforce.

    Dr. Ghebreyesus highlighted that WHO has developed tools to help countries meet this commitment, including the Global Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery.

    He noted that there are encouraging signs of progress in this regard.

    “WHO remains committed to helping all countries strengthen their health workforce, especially in Africa, and we remain committed to supporting all nurses and midwives to ensure they receive quality education, a living wage, a safe and supportive environment, and the respect they deserve.

    " he said.

    During the official opening, His Excellency the Honorable Acting Prime Minister of Eswatini Themba Masuku recognized the tremendous progress that African countries have made in addressing the health problems of adolescents who, due to HIV/AIDS, suffered a setback in the early 2000s until the discovery of antiretroviral drugs drugs that became a solution to the burden of HIV Masuku reiterated that the extraordinary commitment, selflessness, passion, impartiality and dedication cannot be overstated demonstrated by nurses and midwives to address the health challenges facing communities and meet regional and global goals She added that the Kingdom of Eswatini, like other countries in the ECSA region, is committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and that nurses and midwives are essential to achieving (UHC) through Primary Health Care. C, you are the first healthcare personnel to interact with patients and sometimes the only healthcare professional a patient will see.

    It provides care, support and treatment to the sick, injured, dying and supports their families and communities,” he said.

    Masuku noted that the changing burden of disease and new emerging diseases such as COVID-19 have highlighted the need to strengthen the way healthcare is delivered in the ECSA region and the world at large.

    He further stated that this also challenges the nursing and midwifery professions to embrace science and innovation while constantly seeking solutions to the new and complex challenges they face in nurse and midwife production (education), leadership and management, research and practice.

    clinic.

    The acting prime minister also noted that the sub-Saharan African region has grown economically over the past two decades with an impressive growth of more than 300% in total GDP since 2000.

    This growth, he noted, has been accompanied by increases in health spending.

    and significant gains in health outcomes with improvements in health care and health outcomes directly supported by economic growth in the region.

    Despite the progress, Masuku added, the region still struggles with the highest disease burden in the world, including an emerging double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

    “This requires investing in the Nursing and Midwifery professions if we want to achieve Universal Health Coverage, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    “Similarly, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected nursing education and practice.

    This pandemic has exposed gaps and vulnerabilities in health systems and has presented important lessons for future preparedness,” he said, adding that the conference therefore comes at an opportune time to share lessons learned and learn from each other to contribute to achieving universal health.

    coverage and sustainable development goals.

    "We cannot succeed without each other, and we must engage with respect and dignity while seeking guidance from standards and principles that have evolved through time, experience and collective wisdom."

    The conference was attended by over 400 nurses who took the time to observe a moment of silence for all the nurses and midwives who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

    Delegates also recommitted to faithfully practicing the profession and upholding and upholding the standard of the nursing profession.

    ECSACON has contributed for the past 32 years to capacity building in nursing education, regulation and practice.

    She has contributed to several studies, including the State of the World Nursing report and the World Midwifery report, to name a few.

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