THE Solomons health authorities now have a formal strategic plan to administer its health development for the next five years.
This follows the launching of the National Health Strategic (NHS) plan for 2016-2020 at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara, yesterday.
Delivering his speech before the formal launching, Minister of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Hon Tautai Agikimu’a Kaitu’u said the NHS plan outlined possible interventions that may lead to effective delivery of health services in the country.
“The Strategic plan maps out intended action to drive further improvement within the health sector over the next five years.
“The government has identified numbers of priorities in the areas of programming, workforce, facility development and legislations.
“The Strategic plan also recognizes the need for improvement in access of trained health workers to make sure area health centres and provincial health systems are adequately resourced,” he said.
Minister Kaitu’u said improvement of health facilities in Honiara and in the provinces is one amongst the top priorities outlined in the Strategic Plan.
He said the health programme priorities will ensure people in the rural communities have access to better health services, safe water and basic sanitation.
Minister Kaitu’u said all these priorities reflect the government underpinning the value of accountability, transparency, equity and participation when undertaking national priorities.
“Together we will work to support our people to be healthy, happy and productive,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Tenneth Dalipanda added, the 2016-2020 NHS Plans is a refresh account from past failures and achievement with vision to reset the country’s direction for better health service delivery over the next five years.
He explained that the new Strategic plan has four key areas and the key areas are; improved programme coverage, partnerships, equality and building a foundation for the future.
Dr Dalipanda said the plan identifies other areas where health authorities would want to improve coverage, access and outreach services.
On the same note, he told those present that health is generated by work and the impact of services, as such, to be effective at improving health authorities, line ministries, stakeholders and partners’ needs to work together.
Dr Dalipanda said the plan outlines preferable approach on the road to health for the nation, adding, the journey now begins for health authorities to make sure the platform is implemented effectively.
“I invite all our stakeholders to use this document to guide their activities, what we do over the next five years will make a difference to the health of Solomon Islands,” he added.
By Admin/News Desk