By Gracious George
The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele has urged government partners to be more open about their plans for the state in order to achieve desired outcomes.
He gave the charge on Tuesday during the First Quater Partners Forum in Yenagoa.
Dr. Igwele noted that the government has expected outcomes for all healthcare intervention programmes and as such, it is necessary for development partners to give the state a clear idea of their intended contributions.
He thanked the partners for their immense contribution to healthcare in the state and pledged government’s continuous support in order to move the health system forward.
In his presentation, the State Coordinator, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Edmund Egbe, noted that the organization has been providing technical support to the government in it’s polio elimination programme.
He said they also carry out Environmental Surveillance enhanced through information communication systems and have provided quality health data management.
On his part, the State Coordinator, FHI 360, Joe Umana, stated that in partnership with the government they have been able to control the spread of HIV/AIDS by increasing testing and giving the public access to self test kits.
He said they have made antiretroviral drugs available to many which inhibit the multiplication of the virus and as such has reduced the rate of infections.
Other partners and programme managers of various healthcare programmes in the state covering reproductive health, malaria, immunization, and COVID-19 also made presentations on the achievements madw so far and the way forward.
The next Partners Forum meeting is slated for June 2021.