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…Urges NIPSS Participants to Be Health Advocate

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has called on the participants of the Policy Strategy and Leadership Course 26 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Plateau State to align their activities towards improving the health indices of the country.

The Minister made the call recently while meeting with the participants of the Course 26 of Policy Strategy and Leadership, led by Managing Consultant Mr. Asipita Umar in Abuja.

The delegation was at the Federal Ministry of Health to interact with the Hon. Minister on the National Health Policy, implementation and challenges in the health Sector.

According to Prof. Adewole the first National Health Policy was launched in 1988 and revised in 2004. However, the new National Health Policy reflects new realities and trends including the unfinished Millennium Development Goals. It has also deliberated on the renewed commitment to Universal Health Coverage.

“We are here to dialogue with you so that you can also be advocate to us on the National Health Policy”, Adewole said.

Prof. Adewole said the present administration has introduced progammes aimed at providing free healthcare service to the poor which consequently would lead to the achievement of the Universal Health Coverage.

The Minister said that concept of revitalizing Primary Healthcare centres across the country is to provide health care services to the rural populace.

This, according to him, would reduce workload on the Tertiary Healthcare Institutions and would enable them to concentrate on complicated issues that cannot be handled at Primary Health care Centres.

Speaking on the rationale behind their visit, the leader of the delegation, Mr. Asipita Umar (Managing Consultant) National Institute for policy and Strategic Study Kuru, Plateau State, said that 10 years ago the management of NIPSS felt that apart from training the highest level of policy makers, there was also the  need to train the middle level  staff in policy, strategy and leadership.

Mr. Asipita said the National Institute designed one-month programme to prepare intermediate class of civil and public servants as well as interested private sector to understand what policy and strategy are all about. He added that the present set is set 26 of the course. Another objective of the programme is to prepare the participants for the Senior Executive Course in feature.

He said “the purpose of our visit is that the programme runs three modules, Policy, Strategy and leadership and the course is highly practical though we give them the theoretical aspect of it, participant will pick a particular National Policy for emphasis and this class has chosen “National Health Policy” and that is why we are here”.

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