By Akpeji Charles
The need for the Taraba state government through its Ministry of Health to collaborate with the Christian Health Association of Nigeria (CHAN) , has become a source of concern to the leadership of the association.
Speaking during its Health Advocacy Presentation in Jalingo the Taraba state capital , the association whom Naija 247 News observed was made up of different denomination of churches, stressed the need for the state government to reciprocate its efforts in the areas of training and retraining the health workers of the association .
Other areas the association is in dire need of collaboration as made known by them is in the areas of staff secondment, material needs such as drugs, hospital equipments, financial assistance to enable the association pay its staff salaries to mention just a few.
Members of the association who claimed to have being rendering services in the areas of the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS, Anti Natal Care (ANC), HIV testing and counseling, health education deliveries, nutrition, immunization, to mention but few, said helping hands from the government would spur CHAN to put in more efforts in addressing the health challenges in the state.CH
In their various presentations leadership of the United Methodist Church in Nigeria, Christian Reform Church of Nigeria ( CRCN) and the Saint Francis Primary Health Center unanimously agreed that it has become relevant for the government to take into consideration the helping hands CHAN have been rendering rural communities.
Enumerating their numerous contributions to rural health, more, according to them would have been achieved had the government deemed it fit to extend the much desired olive branches to the association.
Overwhelmed by the association’s achievements, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai through his permanent secretary, Musa Obadiah, said Government is the custodian of health services adding that ” the state Ministry of Health is more than ready to partner CHAN.”
For the purpose of being effective and efficient, all faith base, as suggested by him ” should operate under one umbrella” adding that ” there should be a robust control system so as to encourage donors.”
Charging them to develop comprehensive work plan that will enable them achieve their aims, the need for them to as well ensure a unify billing system that ” is a little bit lower than that of the government” according to the commissioner, can no longer be overemphasized.
More to the supports promised CHAN by government, the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Hassan Aminu Jauro, said CHAN in Taraba state ” are doing exactly what the Primary Health Care Development Agency are doing”
Reiterating the continued readiness of the agency to partner with faith base organizations in the areas of health, the agency as made known by him ” is willing to partner with faith base to provide health care to women and children.”
Overwhelmed by the government commitments, the CHAN Secretary General, Daniel N. Gobgab, through the Programme Officer, Kelechi Utoware, said CHAN will continue to work tirelessly round the clock to attend to the health need of the people irrespective of religious and ethnic background.