EHS-COVID (80) Q3. What have you, your health facility or country done to maintain essential health services? (2) Maintaining essential health services in Nigeria

22 November, 2020

Dear All,

Q3. What have you, your health facility or country done to maintain essential health services?

The Civil Society Organisations(CSOs) and NGOs that we belong to like the Health Resources International Foundation (HRIF); The Dr Bassey Kubiangha Education Foundation (BK Foundation); The Mother Hannah Foundation; the Nigerian Universal health Coverage Action Network (umbrella organization for over 50 CSOs and a member of CSEM) have all called on the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) to extend its mitigation efforts to parts of the country outside the urban centres, translate its key messages into many local languages including pidgin, and to engage and empower civil society organisations and NGOs that already operate from those locations and are trusted by the rural population. The private hospital that I chair the Board of Trustees, Lily Hospitals Limited in Warri and Benin City has done the same positive championing extension of the PTF campaign to include private hospitals who after all are reputed for seeing over 60% of outpatients in the country. Lily Hospital became the first private hospital in the South South Zone of Nigeria to install and commission a PCR machine for testing patients.

We read that the Federal Ministry of Health has extended some training on COVID-19 compliance, recently. We hope it yields fruit. Much cannot be expected of this move, until the primary Health facilities become functional, and CSOs are actively engaged and empowered to do what they do best, that is mobilizing whole population to do the right thing. COVID-19 campaign cannot and should not be left to government personnel only. Their reach does not go far enough.

Joseph Ana.



@Health Resources International (HRI) WA.

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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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