The Cross River State government will soon overhaul the human resource management of the health sector in a bid to better equip health facilities with manpower and boost healthcare service delivery.
This was disclosed by Dr Henry Egbe Ayuk, the Commissioner for Health, at an orientation workshop on Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) Implementation Protocols and Guidelines on Thursday in Calabar.
He called on stakeholders in the health sector to do away with all forms of dichotomies and bitterness and instead work for the common goal of the health sector and the collective good of the people of the state.
“You can never attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) without cost sharing. UHC is about access to quality and affordable healthcare without plunging those seeking care or their households into catastrophic out-of-pocket expenses.
“This workshop would help strengthen the health sector with regards to UHC. This training should also challenge you and I, to think about what we can contribute to enthroning Universal Health Coverage in the state. Put yourselves in focal positions for the enthronement of Universal Health Coverage in the state,” Ayuk said.
He disclosed that Governor Bassey Otu places a high premium on the health of the state’s citizens and remains poised to get health insurance working comprehensively in a bid to enthrone Universal Health Coverage.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Pauline Obute, said the training would bridge the knowledge gap with regard to information flow and implementation of BHCPF, hence the need to take it seriously.
Speaking earlier, the representative of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Mr Peter Osekwemhe, also averred that the training was necessary for the capacity building of personnel in the sector for efficient service delivery.