Sunday, 13 May 2018

Lagos Commissioner Scores PATHS2 High For Strengthening Health Systems

By Chioma Umeha
Lagos – The Lagos Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, has commended Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase 11 (PATHS2) team, for their support and partnership in strengthening various health systems in the State.
Dr. Idris, who spoke during the “Lagos PATHS2 End of Programme Transit
ion Meeting,” at the weekend, said the state health care has benefitted immensely from Paths2.
Also appreciating PATHS2 for their work in the state, the Permanent Secretary Health Service Commission, Lagos Ministry of Health, Dr. Jemilade Longe, attested that the organisation had implemented programmes targeted at almost all areas of the health sector.
Dr. Longe who represented the Special Adviser, Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, gave the team credit for achievements such as strengthening the referral system, behavioural change communications, Emergency transport service, and training of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs).
According to The PATHS2 State Team Leader, Dr. Ibironke Dada, the event marks the beginning of the end of PATHS2 programmes in Lagos state.
In her remark, Director Healthcare Planning and Statistics, Lagos Ministry of Health, Dr. Olufemi Taiwo, said the State will ensure sustainability of the programmes being supported by PATHS2.
“The conclusion of the PATHS2 project will leave a gap, however the state government is committed to ensuring that these impactful strategies and the efforts put into these programmes over the years is not wasted by ensuring continuity.
“PATHS2 has supported the ministry of health in development, implementation and evaluation of its programs. These programs cut across different directorates and agencies such as Lagos Primary Healthcare Board, Planning Research and Statistics, Family Health, Disease Control, Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency”, she said.

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