By Asma’u Ahmad
The Nasarawa State Government says it is adopting a new five-year health development plan to tackle maternal mortality and promote healthcare delivery services.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Iya, made this known in Keffi at the opening of a five-day training workshop for the state health workers. The workshop is tagged: “Nasarawa State Strategic Health Development
Plan for 2017 to 2021,” is supported by Saving One Million Lives Initiative Program-for-Results (PforR) Project for Nigeria.
Dr Iya urged the participants to come up with good development plan that would benefit the people of the state and Nigerians in general by addressing their health challenges.
The commissioner also enjoined health workers to adhere strictly to their professional ethics and shun corruption in order to tackle the health challenges of the people of the state.
He said that to get things right, the state health practitioners and other stakeholders must always be dedicated to their duties and must change their attitude towards improving the health status of the people of the state and Nigerians at large.
“Everybody is aware that Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura administration is doing its best to improve on the lives and health status of the people of the state through building and equipping healthcare centres with modern facilities in the state.
“The state government is committed towards the provision of quality health care to the people; hence the need for the participants at this workshop to come up with plans at the end in order to improve on the health status of the people of the state.
“Health practitioners should also adhere strictly to the ethics of their profession and we need to work as a team to tackle health issues properly and adequately, especially at the grassroots in order to improve the lives of our people,” he said.
Iya added that the state government is working hard to address the challenges facing the health sector and called on people to support government policies and programmes at all the time for the overall development of the state.
The commissioner restated the state government commitment to continue to key in to people-oriented policies that have direct bearing on the health of the people. The Consultant of the programme, Dr Zainab Mohammed, urged the
participants to apply their extra knowledge to enable them create a workable plan that would sustain the programme.
She also advised the participants to use the knowledge they would gain in order to improve on the health status of the people of the state.