The Secretary FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Barrister Amanda Pam, has said that despite the degree of professionalism exhibited by the management and staff of the secretariat that certain enabling laws are required for the secretariat to operate in a full capacity.
Barrister Pam revealed this, while briefing the media to mark the end of year 2017.
According to Honourable Amanda Pam, the FCT has no enabling law as at the moment to help fight certain illegalities because of the delay of its passages at the National Assembly. She said however, there are laws establishing the FCT, which the secretariat makes use of at the moment to guide its operations.
The Secretary stressed that the law has become necessary, owing to the great importance to enshrining standards in health facilities establishment in the FCT, to cub sub standards and quackery.
Furthermore, she observed that the committee for the establishment of private hospitals registration and monitoring, headed by Dr Ibrahim Tata, in the year under review, has sealed about 70 illegally operated hospitals in the FCT, while over 60,644,250, has been injected into the coffers of the FCT thereby contributing to the IGR of the FCT.
Also speaking, she said that the health and human services secretariat, during the physical year, has expended the sum of 2.595,646.00 for HIV prevalent programmes for the residents of the FCT. also on the fight against TB 15,350,842.80 was expended. She also stated that over 20,787,436,.80 for family planning programmes while that of Vaccine programmes (polio, missiles , programmes stands at 3,793,645,800.00 respectively.
Enlisting few among the challenges of the secretariat, she said that over dependent of donor agency in fighting the war on certain diseases such as HIV,/AIDS response, has become clog in the wheel of progress. Also she stated that the non legislation of on all facilities including fct primary health care board establishment bill, the FCT school of Nursing and midwifery ACT 2011.
Among them is the Bill for an act to provide for the establishment of FCT social health insurance scheme and matters.
Part of the challenges also include: lack of the FCT Hospital Management Board establishment bill as well as inadequate manpower due to lack of staff attrition.
On the way forward in readiness for next year, she said that the secretariat will be carrying out possible rehabilitation and expansion work of Kuje District Hospital to a standard of secondary health care facility, just as general staff employment will be visited in line with the budgetary provision of 2017.
The Honourable secretary added that the secretariat, would source for equipment for the hospitals to replace the old and substandard ones as well as the rehabilitation and equipping of FCT secondary health facilities and inject additional funding to FACA.
Part of the plan for next year, is to engage more consultants to liaise with the National Assembly for the passage of all pending Bills and Acts for the health Facilities especially that of the school of nursing and midwifery to enable the council of the two schools permit to admit more students.
The administration, through the secretary, announced that it has concluded plans to draw down funds from save ‘one million lives initiative’ (SOML) to execute other projects in line with their guidelines.
Barrister Amanda Pam, is of the opinion that with adequate funding, that the FCT will in the long run contain certain viruses with the effort to instituting agency for human virology targeted against human viruses