Sen Ewhrudjakpo calls for more investment in human resources for health development

Bayelsa State Deputy Governor Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

May 12 (THEWILL) — Bayelsa State Deputy Governor Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo on Thursday urged all levels of government and other key health industry stakeholders in the country to invest more in the development of human resources to effectively manage the sector.

The Deputy Governor made the call when he received a high-level delegation from the UNICEF Nigeria Country Office, led by its Chief of Health, Dr. Edwardo Celadis, who paid him a courtesy call. at Government House, Yenagoa.

A statement released by the Senior Special Assistant for Media to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Doubara Atasi, quotes him as suggesting that 80% of all public sector spending on health should be devoted to human resource development, while only 20% should be allocated to health. Infrastructure.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo, who expressed his enthusiasm for the commitment displayed by UNICEF regarding its memorandum of understanding on primary health care with the state government, said that Bayelsa was ready to make available its counterpart funds for the implementation of the MoU.

He noted that the government was not only delighted to partner with UNICEF to increase vaccination against COVID-19, but to improve the entire health care delivery system in Bayelsa.

The Deputy Governor, however, pointed out that the number of boats and operational vehicles reserved by UNICEF to cover the state’s eight local government areas for the health program was grossly insufficient.

Therefore, he called on the development partner to make better logistical arrangements for seamless implementation of the programs in all LGAs in the state which are largely aquatic.

Bayelsa Citizen Number Two assured the UNICEF team of the state government’s support to deliver on its planned commitment of about 500 nurses and midwives for the implementation of its programme.

He also highlighted the need to appoint a UNICEF field officer in charge of Bayelsa and the inclusion of primary health extension workers to meet the number of health personnel required to effectively deliver the program. .

Earlier in his presentation, UNICEF Nigeria Chief of Health Dr. Edwardo Celadis said the team was in the state to discuss with the government on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on primary health care and provide financial and technical support for increased vaccination against COVID-19. .

He said the visit was also necessitated by the imperative to set up a special immunization task force and the recruitment of around 500 nurses and midwives to implement the organization’s project.

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