By Elijah Ugani
The Cross River State Ministry of Health has presented the strategic health plan for 2016 – 2020 to stakeholders and partners in the health sector to provide leadership and direction, and to secure collaboration and buy-in towards ensuring the health system deliver quality services that are safe and responsive to Cross Riverians.
Dr. Inyang Asibong, the State Commissioner for Health made the presentation at a 3 days retreat in Calabar which drew Directors of the Ministry of Health, stakeholders, representatives from World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Society for Family Health (SFH), Pathfinder and other Development Agencies and partners in the health sector.
In her presentation, the Commissioner said, the health strategic plan 2016 – 2020 define the vision, purpose and strategic priority which ensure we are responsive in our role of managing health system in Cross River State.
She charged stakeholders and partners to support the vision of Governor Benedict Ayade to shape the health services, work force and development of policy, legislation and regulation.
She added that the Cross River State Health Strategic Plan covers reorganization of support services, legislative reform, improving quality of care, revitalization of Hospital services, reducing morbidity and mortality rate, strengthening the delivery of primary health care package among others.
Also addressing the Stakeholders, Director General, Cross River Primary Health Care Agency, Dr. Betta Edu said the Cross River Strategic health plan allows for qualification of all primary health care clinics to ideal clinics for better health care delivery to the people.
Stakeholders and partners in their separate presentations reviewed their priorities and capabilities to consolidate Cross River State Health system through a functional alignment process by improving system, skills and structures to enhance ability to deliver positive outcomes.
The Head of Clinical Governance, SERVICOM and E-Health, Dr. Comfort Ekanem while speaking maintained that the program review entails assessment of what is to be removed and what is to be added to the already existing plan in accordance with best practices.
On his part, the Lead Consultant of the Program, Dr. Edet Edet commended the Commissioner of Health for being proactive to set up a 40 man technical group within the Ministry to develop the plan.
The strategic planning is for the period 2016 – 2020, the old plan was for 2010 to 2015.
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