Health Ministry tasks stakeholders on sustainability of health training initiative

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Federal Ministry of Health has urged stakeholders in the health sector to come up with methods and initiatives to ensure the sustainability of Nigeria Public Health Training Initiative (NPHTI) in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the call at the opening of a two-day NPHTI In-Country Review meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ehanire, who was represented by the Permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr Abdulaziz Abdullahi, said the meeting was an opportunity to discuss
the broad policy and programmatic direction of NPHTI.

He said the meeting would also provide direction for the NPHTI on best practices and lessons learnt from experiences of benefitting states.

He listed the states as Ogun, Sokoto, Imo, Plateau, Gombe and Akwa-Ibom, explaining that the main goal of the In-County review was to bring together staff, government representatives, partners, and experts in health resources to work out formidable roadmap toward good health for all.

He said “the specific objectives are to review and discuss key programmatic accomplishments since the inception of the project and review activities for the remaining period.”

According to him, NPHTI is a joint effort between the Federal Government and the Carter Centre, Atlanta and the main objective of the initiative is to train Nigerian health workers.

He added that the initiative was also to improve the health status of the population in hard-to-reach areas where the health workers were assigned.

Dr Emmanuel Miri, the Country Representative Nigeria, Carter Centre, said that the meeting was timely to review the progress of NPHTI in the country.

Miri said NPHTI was aimed at training middle and low level manpower in the health sector, saying: “ it is a five year programme and this is the 3rd year.

“ It is driven by Federal Government and by 2021, we will hand over to the states and the states should begin to run this without external support.

“The idea is that they are the ones that attend to patients at the first line level. If we get it right by training nurses, midwives, community health workers;
we will be enhancing maternal/child health.”

In addition, he said, the six states were selected as models from the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Some of the beneficiary states, in their remarks, thanked the Carter Foundation and the Federal Government for building the capacity of health workers in their states.

No fewer than 84 health trainers, government representatives, partners and experts in human resources are attending the meeting from the six benefitting states and the FCT.

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