Experts in the health sector have emphasized the need for proper response and tracking of health resources during epidemics and pandemics. While also stating the need to discuss long-term strategy in handling health security policy in Nigeria.
They made the disclosure at the epidemic preparedness response advocacy landscape and repositioning the national action plan program in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the Project Director, GHAI-RTSL Prevent Epidemics Project, Dr Gwafar Alawode noted that proper documentation and management of resources should be carried out by relevant authorities during pandemics.
He added that there the stakeholders in the health sector need to ensure that there is long term plan for the National Action Plan on Health Security.
“People do not like discussing long-term strategy in the middle of the crisis, but with the way, there was unity and togetherness in the response of COVID-19. We need to provide resources and strategies to look at managing health resources on a long-term basis. We need to strategize on the successful implementation of the National Action Plan for Health Security”,
Hon Usman Mohammed the Chairman National health advocate, said health care financing during pandemics is very crucial. He further added that there are sources of revenue that can generate money for the health care sector.
“COVID-19 has made us recognize the need for adequate health security and the need for epidemics response. Though we have series of challenges in the health sector, we can surmount the hurdles and make positive progress. I believe that they are a lot of potential sources of revenue where we can generate more money for the health sector”.
The Deputy Director Special duties NCDC, Dr. Priscilla Ibekwe spoke on effective integration of multi-sectoral and stakeholders involved to achieve the sustainable measurable results towards common targeted global health security.
“Whenever there is an outbreak of disease, all the relevant stakeholders and partners must be properly equipped with the right information to curtail the spread of the disease. Like the present outbreak of Cholera, the public and all the health personnel must practice good hygiene and sanitation. They must also practice good toilet practices”.
“We need to practice global Health Security, which is the existence of a strong resilient public Health System, that prevents, detect and respond to infectious disease wherever there is an occurrence of such in the society. We know the world is now a global village and infectious disease from other countries comes into our country irrespective of the distances. We need to make the world safe and secure from global infections and treat whether natural or accidental infectious disease”.