PATHS2 has given Nigeria strong health system, says Egboh
The National Programme Manager, Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase II (PATHS2), Mike Egboh, has said that Nigeria now has a more solid and strengthened health system in place.
Speaking at the recent ‘End-of-Programme Dissemination’ in Lagos, Egboh said PATHS2 was not winding down, since it was a collaborative partnership scheme, involving government at all levels. He said health care personnel, such as, trained doctors and nurses are on ground to continue the good work already established.
He mentioned Lagos, as being a foremost state that would pursue the core objectives of the programme to the letter.
“It’s all about transforming health systems and disease control. It’s about the people making responsible decisions and community mobilisation, in terms of traditional and religious institutions mobilising the people. They need to know when they’re sick and how to seek health care. We must realise that health is everybody’s business. Prevention is vital, as it is cheap and cost effective,” he said.
Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris, who received an award for excellence, said PATHS2 has been a wonderful partner to Lagos, especially with respect to maternal and child health.
He urged residents of the state to play their role by partnering with government in ensuring that diseases and infections were curbed to the barest minimum.
He advocated a healthy lifestyle, eating right, antenatal checks, breastfeeding, complete immunisation and adequate rest for expectant, nursing mothers and their babies.
The Health Commissioner commended Partnership for Transforming Health Systems II (PATHS2) team, for its support and partnership with Lagos Ministry of Health in implementing programmes of Maternal and Newborn Health in the state.
He said: “With PATHS2, community mobilisation came to the fore, with respect to maternal and newborn, they have done wonderfully well. Part of their effort is the campaign for pregnant women to adopt good behaviour, the need for nursing mums to breast feed their babies, and for pregnant women to attend antenatal”
Launched in 2008, Partnership for Transforming Health Systems II (PATHS2) programme is a six-year United Kingdom for International Development (DfID)-funded project in Nigeria and has been facilitating efficient and effective use of Nigeria’s own resources to attain the MDGs by improving the planning, financing and delivery of sustainable and replicable pro-poor health services for common health problems in Nigeria.