Health Summit-Bayelsa begins shuffle to reaching universal effectively being coverage

Yenagoa, 19 April, 2021 – The maiden Bayelsa Health Summit with the theme, Achieving Improved Health Programs Efficiency by Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement”, opens this day in the capital metropolis Yenagoa. 

The theme modified into as soon as steered by the background of the Bayelsa effectively being sector which is described as under-performing and characterised by unfortunate effectively being indices. Let’s converse, most attention-grabbing about 6.5% of the inhabitants hang effectively being insurance cloak and majority entry effectively being by out of pocket expenditure. About four out of every 10 Bayelsa indigenes are residing within 2KM of healthcare facility and majority construct no longer entry these products and services attributable to stressful terrain, poverty, and shortage self perception in quality-of-service shipping. 

Speaking at the epoch-making event, Nigeria’s aged President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who incidentally enacted the National Health Act of 2014 says, “The Summit is the root for planning the model forward for the Bayelsa’s effectively being agenda and is key to quality healthcare shipping. One key strategy is leveraging the alternatives in the interior most sector by public-interior most-partnerships”

The aged President recommended the Governor for coming up with a sturdy realizing to reposition the effectively being sector in Bayelsa in the direction of proving requisite healthcare shipping.


In his speech at the summit, the Bellow Governor, His Excellency Senator Douye Diri mentioned, “Some statistics from the 2018 National Demographic and Health Stumble on (NDHS) were cited, indicating that  ‘most attention-grabbing about half of the pregnant females in Bayelsa received antenatal care from a expert provider. Also, that ‘about half of the kids had been no longer fully immunised,’ while the incidence fee of human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV) remains high.” 

He renowned that the guidelines are indeed disappointing, critically in the gentle of investments by the Bellow Government in the effectively being subsector for the length of the duration covered. 

“A summit much like this, as I realize it, is for solutions to the form of poser above. The organisers of this event hang signalled that they seek recordsdata from a deepening of determining of the effectively being gadget challenges… and to foster collaboration as well to deepen global model make stronger for authorities-initiated and directed programmes”, Governor Diye mentioned.

The WHO Manual to Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo in his remarks mentioned, “The theme of this summit clearly spells out the target of this august assembly and be rest assured that in WHO, you might per chance hang gotten a partner that is sharp to collaborate alongside with your Government to cease this noble job.” 

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, the Director Classic of Nigeria Centre for Illness Control, and the Chairman of the Bayelsa Bellow Council of Inclined Rulers also introduced separate goodwill messages at the event.

The 3-Day summit (19-21 March 2021) will embody plenary intervals and breakout scientific intervals, focused at reaching the target and targets of the summit. Educated panellists, resource persons, key effectively being stakeholders, thought leaders, and different stakeholders in the effectively being gadget will section experiences and strategy innovative, locally appropriate, and cost-efficient solutions and interventions to toughen the performance of the Bayelsa Bellow Health Machine. 

Key deliverables from the summit as well to to strengthening the brand new Predominant Healthcare Board and Health Insurance coverage Agency embody,  (i) Bellow Health Act within 3 months, (ii) Bellow Centre for Illness Control in 16 months, and (ii) Bellow Emergency Management Fee.


The success of the summit will be judged by what the Bellow does with the results of the deliberations, recordsdata, and skills of the assembly of infamous scholars who will be contributing their experiences for the length of the intervals. 


Technical Contacts:

Dr Boateng Koffi; Email: boatengko [at] who.int; Tel: +234 706 449 1772

Dr Egbe, Edmund Richard; Email: egbee [at] who.int; Tel: +234 803 551 4708 

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