A’Ibom Govt Applauds UNICEF Over Support For Health Programmes

The commissioner for health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, has lauded the United Nations Children and Educational Fund (UNICEF) for its support to health programmes of the state.
He made the remark in a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the five-day training programme on the Application of a Second State Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP II) at Emmjm Hotels and Suites, Dominic Utuk Avenue, Uyo, recently.
He noted that the UNICEF had been in support of health care activities in the state and that such collaboration was a most welcomed development.
Ukpong who appreciated Gov. Udom Emmanuel for approving the training, stressed that it demonstrated how important health care was to the administration.
He commended him for his keen interest in the health sector and for creating an enabling environment for execution of programmes.
Ukpong, while declaring open the training observed that Nigeria was undergoing a paradigm shift in all indices of development, thus Akwa Ibom was in the forefront of human and capital development in Nigeria.
He recalled that during the training by the Federal Ministry of Health, it was directed that each state of the federation should cascade the training to all stakeholders in the health care sector.
Ukpong said Akwa Ibom was complying to the directive in collaboration with its dependable partners, the United Nations Children and Educational Fund (UNICEF).
The commissioner categorically stated that Governor Emmanuel was interested in building and growing the technical skills of health workers in the state for better productivity.
Ukpong noted that the Federal Ministry of Health did not only initiate the training but also sent facilitators to help cascade down the training in the states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He described the exercise as a conscious effort to disseminate the knowledge and application tool acquired and therefore urged the participants to reciprocate the gesture by taking the training seriously and participating fully in all the practicals and applied exposures which will significantly facilitate their understanding and application of the tools.
A resource person, Mr Gabriel Ikechukwu, who spoke on Strategic Health Development Plan, explained that the objective of the exercise was to build skills of stakeholders in the health sector on the application of the SSHDP11AOP guidelines and tools for the development of annual operational plans for 2019 and beyond.
He also said that the AOP will serve as a guideline on budget monitoring to assess performance.
The stakeholders for the training were drawn from the State Ministry of Health and its collarborating department and agencies, which include the ministries of Finance, Agriculture and Women Affairs, Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Hospitals Management Board and the Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (AKSPHCDA).

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