Ebele Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba
Sept. 18, 2019 (MOI) Anambra Health Ministry has trained health officers to
ensure the state scores high in the upcoming National Health Facility Survey
Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala declared open the 5-Day workshop on
Training of Trainers (TOT) on Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHPF)
workshop has been ongoing at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu, Anaocha Local
Government Area (LGA), with participants drawn from agencies and the Ministry
Dr Okpala explained that the essence of the workshop was not only for
preparation of the NHFS but for health officers to receive adequate training
for optimal performance.
``Government has been upgrading hospitals across the state. It is also
important to update the human aspect that will man those facilities and this
workshop is also part of the process.
``The State Government’s major concern in the Health Sector is to have
functional healthcare service delivery system in all the communities.’’
He noted that the training was a journey that started many years ago.
``In October, 2014, something big happened in Nigeria when we had the
passage of the bill that became an Act of the parliament on National Health
``If this Act was not passed, the training you are receiving now could
not have been possible; that shows leadership and political will.
``When the Act was established; it states that funds be
established called `National Health Fund (NHF)’ also derived from the fund is
the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund,” he added.
``You people will learn more about the NHF as you progress in the
workshop, it is a journey that the country embarked upon and Anambra joined the
``Lots of work was done by the state to qualify us to join the party
even though that fund is there for all the states,’’ he added.
He urged the participants to put into perspective, reasons they were
selected to participate in the workshop, which would also help them to realise
the important role they would play.
``Your invitation to the workshop is for you to play a technical role;
you’re going to be the bridge between National facilitators and the facilities.
``We cannot bring in everybody to be trained by the national
facilitators so that is the reason you were selected. It is expected that you
grab every bit of information.’’
Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr John Ndibe
urged the participants to pay attention and participate actively in the
``What you’re to learn here will go a long way to transform the
healthcare system in the state and we expect you to transfer what you learn to
other health workers.’’ (MOI)