Written by Williams ABAH

FG inaugurates national health structure to address health challenges

In a bid to tackle the daunting challenges facing the Nigeria’s health sector, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has inaugurated health steering committee in Abuja. 

According to the minister, this is to address some of the challenges ranging from data collections, and management of human resources.

Speaking at the occasion, the minister said that the government was intervening to address these problems through various approaches despite limited resources, noting that information and communication technology has the potential to help mitigate some of these challenges when appropriately applied.

Adewole observed that the rapid growth and penetration of ICTs has ushered in proliferation of technology application in every sector of human endeavours including the health sector, stressing that without appropriate guidance, and coordination, technology can becomes inhibitor rather than enabler.

The minister explained that the inauguration of the national health governance structure is to coordinate, guide and monitor health implementation, including setting rules, policies guidelines, and standard to guide stakeholders.

The governance structure according to the minister is made up of steering committee, a technical committee and a project management office. 

The steering committee, he said will provide strategic leadership and direction, the technical committee will provide technical input towards implementation, while the project management office which will domiciles within the ICTs department has the responsibility for the daily operation, and provide necessary secretariat services.

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, recalled that in January 2013, the federal government lunch an initiative called ICT for saving 1 million lives to promote a result based approach in tackling the challenges faced in delivery healthcare services in Nigeria.

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