For Better Health Sustainability, We Need To Strengthen Our Health System — Ekpenyong


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Arising from the increasing number of HIV/AIDS cases in the country, the dynamics of managing the virus and the poor funding of the health system, the Centre for Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme(ECEWS), has organized a leadership and Management training workshop for some selected members of the SMT to equip them with prerequisite knowledge in mobilizing resources for health programs, especially HIV/AIDS.

The event which is ongoing in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital will among other matters train participants on information sharing and contemporary Leadership skills, Covid19 preventive measures and effects on patients, to facilitate management training in repositioning the State Management Team,To Prioritize HIV/AIDs response, Achieving Universal Health Coverage, Improved Budgetry system for the actualization of Health goals.

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Commending the Organizers of the training, the Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong thanked them for the timeliness of the workshop saying, the exercise will further strengthen the technical capacity of members of the SMT to drive the HIV response to a higher policy level.

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The DG also disclosed that health system strengthening is the best approach for program implementation and sustainability involving Domestic Resource Mobilization for a more a more sustainable Health Care financing,as she stated that ,the state can no longer depend on only partners to fund health activities. She further reiterated His Excellency, Senator Prof Ben Ayade, the Executive Governor of Cross River State’s commitment to ensure that the health sector does not suffer by prioritizing healthcare in both the primary and secondary sector.

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Participants who are drawn from the state Ministry of Health, the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, the House of Assembly, State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, CSOs, UCTH, FHI360 and other developmental partners are expected to seek for a way of harmonizing health programs including HIV/AIDs in line with the State Management Team’s resolution and developing a Domestic Resource Mobilization Plan.

At the end of the exercise, participants are expected to share knowledge on best approaches in which HIV/AIDs services can be improved in their organizations,a d ways of incorperating HIV and other other services to obtain optimal result especially as the state seeks to achieve Universal Health Coverage in the nearest future.

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