By our correspondent in Taraba
In order for the challenging situation of the Global shortage of human resource for health see the light of the day, domestication of Task-Shifting/Task-Sharing (TSTS) policy becomes necessary in which case Taraba state is not an exception.
These were the words of the leadership of the Women and Children Health Empowerment Foundation (WACHEF-PAS) through Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH@Scale) with support from development Research and Project Center (dRPC) who at the weekend carried out an advocacy visit to the Taraba State ministry of health through the permanent secretary seeking for the ministry to select the Technical Working Group (TWG) who will review the reversed TSTS policy document for adaption and implementation in the state.
WACHEF impact have not gone un-noticed by the Taraba State ministry of health for their loudable contribution towards improving the lives of women and children which goes along way in improving the health indices of the state. Our state correspondent learned that the ministry relied on WACHEF-Nigeri to guide them through domesticating the TSTS policy document which was recently launched by the Federal Ministry of Health.
In its advocacy visit to the state Ministry of Health, the leadership of WACHEF-PAS beckoned for collaboration with the ministry to ensure that the policy document is urgently domesticated as that would go along way to address the shortage of human resources for health which will help in the provision of essential health care services to the vulnerable women and children in the hard to reach areas.
Led by the chief consultant of the foundation, Dr. Musa Haruna, WACHEF-PAS called on the Ministry to “put heads together to be able to form a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will see the process through” adding that, if achieved ” health workers who are hitherto not allowed to performed some of the lives savings skills, would be permitted by the policy to engage in such activities that will save lives. ”
More to that, those who does not have training as made known by the consultant, “will even be trained to acquire those skills so that in our villages where there are no doctors, these crops of health workers will be able to perform wonders and save lives. ”
Haruna who said its partners from development Research and Project Center (dRPC) and Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH@Scale), have signified interests and sponsor WACHEF-PAS to anchor for the adaption and implementation of the newly reversed TSTS policy was optimistic that “some of these skills that were hitherto utilized by doctors, nurses and midwives can be passed down to community health extension workers (CHEWs) who are the mainstay of health workers in the rural areas. ”
Certain that before the expiration of next month (June, 2019) the foundation must have complete all the process of domesticating the policy document, printed copies of the document , according to him will be made available “hopefully by July, 2019.”
Throwing his weight behind that of the consultant, the Monitoring and Evaluation officer on TSTS policy adaption and implementation who is also the senior program officer of the foundation, Mr.Ibrahim Malik, said that foundation have as well embarked on routine Hepatitis B & C free testing and Hepatitis B vaccination, HIV testing and effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene Services (E-WASH) among other activities within the health system.
Elated by the development, the permanent secretary of the Ministry Dr. Musa Obadiah who stood in for the Commissioner, adjudged the foundation as one of the Non-Govermental Organizations (NGOs) heralding smiles on the faces of the vulnerable groups such as women, children and people with disabilities in the state, reiterated the determinations of the ministry to extend all the needed helping hands to WACHEF -PAS.
According to the permanent secretary “we are enjoying your partnership and we are more than ready to continue with the partnership most especially that you are expanding your intervention to better serve our teaming population in Taraba State.”
Lauding the efforts of foundation in ” complementing the government” the scope of partnership as observed by the permanent secretary “is increasing by the day. ”