By Elijah Ugani: Health Correspondent
The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA) Dr. Betta Edu says the agency will accept nothing short of a multi-year operational plan (MOP) that will assure quality healthcare delivery to Cross Riverians.
Betta disclosed Friday, in Calabar during a technical meeting organized by the agency and developing partners in preparation for a one week MOP meeting scheduled for 18th-24th July 2016 at the Obudu Mountain Resort.
“I am grateful to all partners on this project, the multi-year operational plan is aimed at revitalizing primary health care, we need a realistic multi-year operational plan for effective health care delivery in the state” Betta said.
The state coordinator, FHI 360, Dr. henry Ayuk who was present at the pre MOP meeting called on partners to avail themselves to avoid complains of being side-lined while the consultant and facilitator for the MOP called on the agency and the ministry of health to make available, relevant document such as the state’s Strategic Development Plan, the law for the establishing CRSPHCDA among others that will facilitate the drafting of a comprehensive MOP as envisaged by the DG of the agency.
Meanwhile, the agency in a press release posted on it’s website at www.crsphcda.com announced the holding of the MOB from Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22 2016 at the Obudu Mountain Resort.
The statement signed by the DG, Betta Edu, read in part “A Multi-Year Operational Plan (MYOP) which will be the maiden MYOP will provide the needed direction for the Agency in the next three years that will guide the agency’s activities and set milestones/targets to measure performance.
“The MYOP will aid proper integration of all primary health care programs and align partners’ activities with the state government’s roadmap for primary health care and will be streamlined into the federal government policy aimed at strengthening the PHC system through its major policy thrust in health, “One Functional PHC per Ward” which is targeted at improving health care delivery in every community in Nigeria. Furthermore, it will serve as a resource mobilization tool for primary health care in the state.”
The statement also added that health experts, staff of the agency and developing partners form the delegation to attend the event.
Meanwhile in a related development, sources close to CrossRiverWatch say the idea of the event been funded by developing partners and donor agencies led to a push by the leadership of the house of assembly to increase the number of lawmakers in the delegation which according to our source, did not work out as they later found out the process will not permit that.
Also, findings by CrossRiverWatch reveal that the assembly might likely pass the bill for the creation of the CRSPHCDA when it convenes on Tuesday.
Our source in the Assembly says the bill if passed will block certain loopholes in the salary system as local government staff rendering PHC services, currently under the unified local government system where they are about 4,000 ghost workers as earlier reported, exclusively by CrossRiverWatch.