Anambra Health Ministry Partners WHO, UNICEF, Holds Health Development Seminar
By Chinwe Onuigbo, Awka
The Anambra State ministry of health in partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), held a one day seminar for the 21 local governments transition committee chairmen, their councilors and directors of health in the various local governments, for improved healthcare system.
Speaking to the participants, the Commissioner for health, Dr. Afam Obidike who described the seminar as community engagement noted that the ministry wants to restructure the activities of the health development committee which will now be bottom-up approach, from village head down to ward level, local government as well as to the state level.
Dr.Obidike further said that the event was aimed at ensuring that the activities of the state government is transmitted to the communities. He urged the TC Chairmen to buy and key into the state’s health activities in order to have a better Primary Health Care (PHC) services delivery at the grassroots. He also reminded them of the supervisory roles they would be playing henceforth.
On his part, the Transition Committee Chairman of Anambra East Local Government Area, Dr. Anselm Onuorah, expressed joy over the seminar, added that it will help to build and cement the synergy the chairmen and their directors of health and the ministry of health in general and assured that Anambra East health indices will continue to improve under his tenure.
While contributing separately, the Transition Committee Chairman of Idemili North Local Government, Mr. Chuksbrown Igboanua added that the event was an eye opener for them as it will make them to improve on their efforts to enhance the capacity of the Primary Health Care centers in their local governments as well as have synergy with all the relevant stakeholders, while his Anambra West counterpart, Mr. Felix Ikechi appealed for priority to be given to indigenes of hard to reach council areas in health workers’ recruitment for improved healthcare services in those areas.
The commissioner commended the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for partnering with them and supporting the programme.
The Executive Secretary, ASPHCDA- Pharm Chisom Uchem,Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency(ASPHCDA), Pharmacist Chisom Uchem, the Hospital Administrator- Dr. I C Umeakunne, DDC&I- Dr Nnamdi Placid Uliagbafusi, SMOH and ASPHCDA teams, WHO Representatives, SYDANI Representative, among others attended the seminar.