The Ogun State Government has inaugurated a 38 man committee on State Strategic Health Development Plan (SSHDP), in conjunction with Pathfinder International in order to reduce maternal, child mortality rate in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babtunde Ipaye while inaugurating the committee at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, charged them to think out of the box in discharging of their responsibilities.
He added that the committee has only five years to deliver the task before them, enjoining them to make the state proud in terms of health care service delivery as it was the second cardinal programme of Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration.
Ipaye said the committee would work round the clock for the next five years in order to fulfill the expectation of Federal Ministry of Health to have the bottom top approach to the development on the National strategic plan on health, adding that whatever development adopted in the state would be sent to the Federal Government as the part of National Health Plan.
“We are modifying the expectation of federal government plan in such a way that will have postive impact on our people, not only to fulfil our federal government template but to build around our three tiers programmes of primary, secondary and tertiary health services “, Ipaye said.
He said that it was imperative to manage the health care of the people, especially in the community areas and to reflect the approach of the financing health particularly the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS), “Araya” that permit indigent people of the state key into the scheme from the five years plan programme.
He said the programme would mainly targeted at the majority health care of people with Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Maternal care, Immunization and others rather than leverage it on the state government alone but partnering with International body to achieve best.
He added that the committee would also provide a template for the state to fortify the over 477 Primary Health Care Centres across the state with necessary equipment, manpower and International resources to deliver these responsibilties in the various communities, noting that every federal constituencies of the State would have effective service care centres in order to provide comprehensive service to the people.
The Pathfinder International Country Representative, Dr. Farouk Jega admonished the committee to deliver their services as and when due and with utmost diligence, dedicated and commitment, noting that their outcome would be a template for the federal government in planing and designing health care services for the people.
He said that with the vision, mission and preparation of the committee in saddle of the state strategic health development plan, it was believed that they would deliver and make the state proud.
In his goodwill messages, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro urged the committee to fast-track the implementation of health care services delivery that would be of benefit to the masses, noted that he has confidence in the committee and promised not to jeopardize the confidence reposed in them as it is better to do it now or not at all.