This was revealed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, at the opening ceremony of a 5-day workshop on the Annual Operational Plan of the health sector for the year 2021.
The workshop, which is holistic in nature, is organized in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health and other development partners with a view to providing the road map timeline for taking the sector to an enviable destination.
Declaring the workshop open, Coker, said that the gathering was the first of its kind since the State Strategic Health Development Plan( SSHDP II) was initiated for 2018-2022 by the Federal Ministry of Health to improve the health status of residents of Ogun State.
She said that keying into the plan will afford the state the opportunity of scaling up effective service coverage, coordinate support for health, and increase domestic health financing.
She noted that the State’s which recently constituted and inaugurated its Monitoring and Technical Working Group (TWG) to provide successful implementation of SSHDP II.
“The Prince Dapo Abiodun led government indeed has the political will to reposition the sector by coming up with this type of workshop in order to leverage the benefits of the SSHDP II. With this Annual Operational Plan ( AOP) for the coming year, we are sure that we will be better for it.
“We need to design a way forward to achieve the goals set for 2018 to date so that by 2022, we would have done a lot on the plan,” she said.
Dr. Coker said that there are 50 areas of interventions in the plan which include maternal and child health, Non-Communicable Diseases ( NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis, family planning uptake, immunization and infrastructure, among others, which the state will pursue vigorously without leaving any stone unturned.
The Commissioner charged the heads of various agencies and departments in the health sector to be up and doing in the pursuit of the plan, adding that everyone is important in the scheme of things.
In his remarks, the Head, Planning Research and Statistics ( PRS), Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Angus Ikpe, commended the Commissioner for Health for ensuring that the AOP workshop becomes a reality, pointing out that the plan will support the efforts of the sector in the coming year.