The Ogun State Government has inaugurated a 38 man committee on State Strategic Health Development Plan (SSHDP), in conjunction with Pathfinder International in order to reduce maternal and child mortality rate in the state.
Inaugurating the committee at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, charged them to think out of the box in discharging their responsibilities.
Ipaye said the committee had a five year period to develop a plan for the State towards meeting the expectation of the Federal Ministry of Health in having bottom-top approach to the National Strategic Plan on Health.
The Commissioner charged the committee to deliver the best saying, ‘’whatever development adopted in the State will be sent to the Federal Government as part of National Health Plan’’.
We are modifying the expectation of Federal government plan in such a way that it will have positive impact on our people, not only to fulfil federal government template, but to build on our three-tier programmes of primary, secondary and tertiary health services , Ipaye said.
He further stressed that it was imperative to manage health care of the people, especially at the local communities and to reflect the approach of financing health particularly the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS), “Araya” which permits indigent people of the State to key into the scheme.
Ipaye added that the committee would also provide a template for the State in fortifying the over 477 Primary Health Care Centres with necessary equipment, manpower and international aids that would enable them provide efficient health care services to people in the rural communities.
The Health Commissioner said that every Federal constituency of the State would have effective healthcare centres in order to provide comprehensive services to the people, noting that the programme would focus more on the treatment of Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Maternal care, Immunization and others through partnerships between the State Government and International bodies for best results.
At the occasion, the Pathfinder International Country Representative, Dr. Farouk Jega, admonished the committee to carry out their assignment with utmost diligence and dedication, adding that any plan they came up with would be a template for the Federal government in planning and designing health care services for the people.
In his goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro, urged the committee to fast-track implementation of health care services delivery for the benefit of the masses, noting that he had confidence in the committee to deliver useful work plan.