By Chioma Umeha
The Ogun State Government has said that the inauguration of a nine-man committee to work on the adoption and implementation of the national task-shifting and sharing policy will deliver as expected without any hitches.
The policy was formulated by the federal government to address the challenges of shortage of skilled health personnel and inequitable distribution of the appropriate cadre of the health workforce to deliver services where most likely needed.
The task -shifting policy dissemination was organised by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board (OGPHECADEB) with the support of Pathfinder International, Nigeria.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro, said during the inauguration in Abeokuta, that the development would create room for several health care professionals to deliver essential services at improving access to efficient health care service delivery for the people.
Ipaye noted that there was need to ensure proper supervision, monitoring and evaluation when the policy is fully implemented to guide against exceeding limitations by the categories of health workers involved, calling on other stakeholders to also ensure its success.
“For this policy to work out appropriately there should be proper supervision, monitoring and evaluation process so that categories of health workers to be involved will not go beyond their limitations,” Ipaye noted.
Also speaking, the Project Officer, Pathfinder International, Nigeria, Dr. Adenike Jagun applauded the state government for the giant strides, saying the step would bring about high quality health care delivery on the people, particularly at enhancing access to family planning services in a way to improve maternal and child mortality rate in the country.
“Ogun state has the chance to reduce the maternal and child deaths to the barest minimal and to meet up with target of 54.2 per cent of Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) by 2018, the implementation of the policy must carried out to the letter alongside separation of budget line for family planning,”Jagun affirmed.
The committee include, Dr. Oluranti Oladeinde as the Chairman, while Dr. Daniel Adesanya, Dr. Atinuke Duze, Mrs. Kemi Balogun among others are members.