The State Government says achieving an Annual Operational Health Plan, will help in planning and budgeting of allocation, to facilitate better health implementation in the state.
The commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji, made the assertion in Owerri, Imo State, while declaring open the 2023 Annual Operational Plan Development and costing for Abia State strategic Health Development Plan Two.
He called on stakeholders in the health sector to ensure a well-developed and comprehensive Annual Operational Plan, AOP for the State, and expressed the hope that the document will explain the plan with smart objectives, identify activities, and resource requirements.
Dr. Osuji who pointed out that the plan if achieved, will become another milestone for the health sector, disclosed that the Dr. Okezie lkpeazu-led administration established Abia State Tele-Health initiative, Primary Health Care Under One Roof, Basic Health Care Provision Fund, Molecular Laboratory in Umuahia and Aba, Constructed and equipped Children Specialist Hospital with Anna Marie Medical Center, USA, among others in the health sector.
In an address, The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Deaconess Franca Ekwueme, represented by the Director of Administration, Mrs Joyce Dike, said the ministry has quality staff who are poised to ensure quality healthcare system and appreciated the facilitators for attending the workshop.
In their goodwill messages, the South East Coordinator National Agency for Control of AIDS, Dr. Miriam Ezekwem, and the Director of Justice, Development and Peace/the Administrator, Mater Dei Catholic Cathedral, Umuahia The Rev Father. David Aguneri, called on the state government to partner Agencies and Churches to ensure that citizens receive all they need for survival.
They expressed the hope that the sector will establish sustainable system as well as has evidence based- result from the last operational plan.
Correspondent Chinyere lheanacho Egbulam reports that the workshop had in attendance stakeholders in the health sector.