Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, has charged members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the National Health Act to dedicate themselves to their assignment in order to ensure a successful implementation of the Act.
Awute, who made the call while speaking at the inaugural meeting of the group on the implementation of the National Health Act (NHACT) in Abuja, said that the “Act is seen as one of the greatest dividends of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan in the health sector”.
He added that the Act, if successfully implemented, would renew the country’s health system where the roles of various actors are clearly understood and adhered to towards greater efficiency.
Awute also said that the implementation of the Act would re-emphasise and strengthen the role of primary health care as the bedrock of the National Health System, amongst others.
He stressed that in recognition of the potential benefits in the successful implementation of the NHACT, the committee could not afford to fail Nigerians.
The Committee which is chaired by the Minister of Health, Khaliru Alhassan, has the Permanent Secretary as the co-chair, while the terms of reference of the committee includes providing overall Technical Support to the Federal Ministry of Health in implementing the National Health Act in Nigeria, in line with the National Health Policy and NSHDP; Developing a detailed Media and Advocacy Plan/ toolkits to ensure widespread support for implementation of the national health act and to carry out other function related to the implementation of the national health act as may be directed by the Minister of Health.
Others were to play advisory role to the ministry and relevant parastatals /agencies, and develop National Health Act implementation guidelines /manual which includes a comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation/Performance Framework.
Awute emphasised that the committee has the obligation to come up with recommendations and strategies for the implementation of the Act in a most effective and efficient manner.