The Honorable Commissioner for Health, Professor Princwill Chike, gave a welcome address and informed the attendees on the progress achieved so far under the SOML program. He further praised the federal Government for introducing this well structured programme, particularly the PforR. He said staying focused on results is the only way Health care indices can improve. On the upcoming 2019 National Health Facility Survey and the SMART survey, Professor Princewill said Rivers state is ready and would be the best in Nigeria.
Dr. Kana in his presentation states that Rivers state can do better if they focus on data which are profusely available. He encouraged the state to regularly conduct bottle neck analysis using the Tanahashi model. He stated that Rivers state has over Eight Hundred Million Naira of unspent funds since 2017, yet the people of Rivers are yearning for basic health care.
The retreat was attended by the States Health Commissioner, permanent secretaries of Health, PHC Board, women Affairs, Finance as well as the state accountant general and auditor General. Several partners including WHO, NURHI, UNFPA, CSOs were in attendance. Also in attendance are all directors in the state MOH and PHCB and chief executive of the Rivers state Teaching Hospital.
The retreat is expected to culminate in the development of the states Annual Operational Plan.
The state retreat is a concept designed by the National Programme Management Unit to serve as means of creating awareness on the Programme while staying focused on results.