Lagos State government has commended efforts of Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase II (PATHS2) for strengthening the health system in the state through its various programmes, especially, in the area of maternal and child health.
Speaking at the End-of-Programme Transition Meeting of PATHS2 in Lagos recently, Director, Healthcare Planning, Research and Statistics, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Olufemi Taiwo, said the intervention programmes of PATHS2, which facilitated significant improvements in the state’s health system would be vigorously pursued and sustained, stressing that its effort in the state’s health system was worthy of commendation.
“PATHS2 supported the state’s Primary Healthcare Board and helped in planning and research. It also helped the state in disease control and prevention. Collaboration with PATHS2 has enhanced the skills of our health workers and its technical support has been of immense help to the state”, she said.
Taiwo also stated that PATHS2 has impactful strategies that had helped in equipping and ensuring the availability of drugs and medical supplies in the health facilities.
She therefore, assured that all programmes initiated and implemented by PATHS2 would be sustained by the state government, maintaining that the ministry was committed to playing its role in the health sector.
In her presentation entitled; “PATHS2 Programme: Achievements, Challenges and Sustainability”, Lagos State Team Leader of PATH2, Dr. Ibironke Dada, reeled out various programmes carried out in the state in the last six years that had supported governance and health system strengthening initiatives in the state.
“PATHS2 has increased service delivery at primary and secondary care levels. After four years, public-private partnership started especially at the primary healthcare level.
We began partnership with Traditional Birth Attendants to improve maternal and child health and also provided alternative emergency transport scheme on how to transport patients to the hospital.
Apart from ensuring that private providers restated their commitment to quality pro-poor maternal and child health services, PATHS2 supported the development of legislation, polices and guidelines to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the state”, she said.
Dada continued, “Others are training of health workers, support for Lagos Health Scheme Law and health financing strategies.”
For continuity of the programme as PATHS2 winds up its activities in the state, she urged the state government to pursue the core objectives of the programme to the letter.
According to her, it is all about transforming health systems and disease control.
“It’s about the people to make responsible decisions and community mobilization, in terms of traditional institutions and religious institutions mobilizing 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”, she noted.
Launched in 2008, Dada stated that the six-year United Kingdom for International Development (DfID)-funded PATHS2 programme in Nigeria has been facilitating the 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.
She revealed that since inception, the programme has supported governance and health system strengthening initiatives at the federal level and in five focal states of Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, and Lagos.