Ondo State Government has inaugurated a four-day validation workshop of the state Strategic Health Development Plan II
The workshop, which was meant to produce an all-encompassing harmonised state strategic health development plan II document for health sector of the state, was inaugurated by Dr Wahab Adegbenro, the state Commissioner for Health.
“The purpose of this final validation workshop is to produce document with its appropriate costing which will serve as the basis for collective ownership, adequate resource allocation, inter-sectoral collaboration, decentralisation,equity, harmonisation, alignment and mutual accountability in Ondo State.
“The document would also stipulate requirements for future health investment towards achieving sustainable universal access and coverage with a defined package of essential services within the planned period.,” he stated.
He added that he had no doubt that at the end of the workshop, a final document would be produced that would proffer necessary interventions to enhance mutual accountability and transparency in the use of health development resources in an efficient and effective way which would be result-based management approaches.
The commissioner urged the participants to avail themselves the opportunity in developing a sustainable, cost effective and realistic plan for the state.
Adegbenro, therefore appreciate the collaboration of development partners such as UNICEF and Saving One Million Lives( SOML) for their unwavering support financially and technically towards the process of the plan.
Also speaking at the workshop, Dr Taiye Oni, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said that the state actually put pressure on the federal government to start the health strategic plan.
Oni noted that the outcome of the plan would be incorporated into FG’s plan.
He promised that the outcome of the workshop would not be put in shelf, as being done to last one, without seeing the light of manifestation.
The permanent secretary enjoined participants to put in their best because it would enable the state government to plan effectively towards health of its citizenry.
“I want to enjoin you to put all your best so that we can have robust workshop and at the end of five years, we can be gracious for good health strategic plan for our dear state,” he said.
According to him, the ministry has learnt a lot from the mistakes of the past and will not fall into them again.
Dr Francis Akanbiemu, the Executive Secretary of Ondo State Primary Health Development Care Board, said the strategic health plan was long overdue for the state.
Akanbiemu noted that the plan was necessary because it would help the state to chart a good way forward in health sector.
In his words, Dr Dipo Durojaye, the Director of Planning and Research in the ministry, said that it was another process of the strategic plan which would give exact things to do in the health sector in the next five years in the state.