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NPHCDA to establish academy




The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says it will establish a Leadership Development Academy to be affiliated to world-class universities.

Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of NPHCDA, made this known during the inauguration of its Technical Support Programme (TSP) on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the fellowship was completely different from the fellowship that was awarded by the National Postgraduate College of Public Health.

“This is a three to four months programme, but at the end of three or six months programme the participants are fellows in public health. What we are looking for is the collaboration between the agency and academic institutions; we want to deepen such collaborations. Once a doctors or other health workers went to academic institutions for fellowship or masters’ in public health they may have an opportunity to come to NPHCDA and spend some months additional experience on PHC. At the end of the day, we have professionals that know what happens at health facilities and have gotten their hands dirty on how to provide better health services at PHCs,’’ he said.

The executive director said the agency in collaboration with Solina Health with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation developed a structured and coherent technical support programme.

He added that the programme would enable the agency to effectively deliver the required technical support to states to address gaps in the delivery of primary healthcare services.

Inaugurating the TSP, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said the National Council of Health had approved the establishment of the programme within the NPHCDA and states healthcare development agencies as part of the efforts to address challenges in the health sector.

He added that the TSP was meant to strengthen the NPHCDA to effectively coordinate the delivery of technical support to the state healthcare boards.

He said the TSP would also allow state governments to have structured and more responsive platforms for effective technical support from the NPHCDA.

Adewole said the two elements of TSP aligned with core objectives of the health sector, adding that they are also in tandem with the technical needs of the state governments and human capital agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister said TSP also empowered NPHCDA to establish leadership academy to build a team of highly skilled personnel in-house, adding that the skilled personnel will be able to lead and coordinate the delivery of assistance to the states in short term.

Adewole said the academy would also serve as a pool of NPHCDA staff are adjudged as model employees and change agents in the NPHCDA.

He added that the academy would ultimately evolve into a PHC development centre that would build the capacity of the health workers in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The minister said the institute would also train postgraduate fellows and others in public health and management.

“This, I believe will facilitate the emergence of skilled workforce which are of critical requirement for attainment of Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria,’’ the minister said.

Nigeria launches Technical Support Programme on health





The Nigerian government has officially launched the Technical Support Programme (TSP) on health.
The programme launched in Abuja is meant to strengthen the effective coordination of technical supports to states so as to ensure one health plan across the country. 
The minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole said, the TSP was approved at the National Council of Health meeting.
He said that investing in the Primary Health Care is the right way to go to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
He noted that the initiative will also help to address the various challenges in the health sector.
The minister said that Nigeria’s Primary HealthCare (PHC) gulps the largest chunk of the budget in the health sector.
He noted the fact that, 64% of the ministry’s budget goes to PHC, was a sign that the current administration pays premium to improving access to healthcare in the country.
“Investing in PHC is the right way to go. Over the last two years, we have changed the funding structure and the Executive Director will testify to the fact that the agency is gulping the largest chunk of our allocation. When we started it was from 18 percent and moved to 64per cent”, he said.
The health minister explained that much spending is going into PHC because previous spending on teaching hospitals have failed to achieve the desired result, hence the need to re-focus.
“Many of my colleagues were disappointed because they thought our primary focus will be teaching hospitals but I think we will be wasting our time and energy if we decide to go that way. We have done that already and we have not really achieved the desired result, so we need to turn things around to focus on primary health care where our people go to and that is the facility closest to our people,” he explained.
On his part, the Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib noted that states still struggle with challenges in the area of primary health care, which underlines the need for technical assistance from the Centre.
He said the TSP is designed to facilitate the effective delivery of support to State Primary Health Care Boards.
He said “today, states continue to struggle with cold chain maintenance, delivery of vaccines in the right quantity, to the right place and at the right time, shortage of human resources for health, just to mention a few”.
He added that the persistence of the challenges clearly highlights the need for the NPHCDA to improve on the delivery of its mandate to provide policy direction, technical and logistics support to states and local government areas (LGAs) to implement PHC services across the 36 states and FCT.