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By Ebele Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba

Awka, Sept. 18, 2019 (MOI) Anambra Health Ministry has trained health officers to ensure the state scores high in the upcoming National Health Facility Survey (NHFS).

Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala declared open the 5-Day workshop on Training of Trainers (TOT) on Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHPF)

The workshop has been ongoing at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area (LGA), with participants drawn from agencies and the Ministry of Health.



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 Act.

``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 party.

``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 workshop.

``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)