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Experts reteirates need to strengthen health system in the North east

 

 

Bukola Afeni
The World health organisation said there is need for effective development plan that will strengthen health systems in the North east ,that will go beyond the immediate crisis .
The WHO country representative ,Dr Wondi Alemu who was represented by Dr Rex Mpazanje,made the disclosure at a national dialogue which was organized by the ministry of budget and national planning ,early on the humanitarian development nexus and early health system recovery .
He said there is need for development plan for the North east ,as it will assist effective management of the nexus plan in the country .
Dr Okudo from the World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed that in the North East, there are 5.4 million people in need of health interventions based on Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) which targets 5.1 million people.
He noted that there are 15 partners within the framework and many more outside it,working to ensure that all the health system is in place .
In the same vein,he added that having done a detailed assessment of the health systems in the North East, there is some level of synergy between humanitarian and development actors.
“It is therefore important that all actors strengthen coordination and avoid leakages by avoiding duplication and wastage of resources”
The expert disclosed that building the North East entails ensuring that we get the best as we must actively ensure that coordination is key ,especially when there are lot of players.
“Government must be on the driving seat as partner’s commitment to assisting the government is pertinent”
Speaking at the dialogue Dr Ngozi Azodoh ,the Director of special projects Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) noted that humanitarian development is not only important because of its impact on human lives but as it also ensures we have good intended outcomes even in the midst of crisis.
She lament that earmarking fund is killing even the best sectors ,and stated that while the ministry may not control the funding they should have an over sight function where they approve plans and regular report is sent. On various levels there are internal issues to be addressed such as working in silos.
The experts agreed that having done a detailed assessment of the health systems in the North East, there is some level of synergy between humanitarian and development actors.
“It is therefore important that all actors strengthen coordination and avoid leakages by avoiding duplications and wastage of resources.
“Building the North East back and better includes ensuring that we get the best as we must actively as a principle include that coordination is key especially when there are a lot of players”
The aim of the dialogue is to bring government at multiple levels, development and humanitarian actors, partners and other stakeholders in the health sector to discuss ways to achieve more effective connection,using the SDG target for Universal health coverage as a collective outcome .

 

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