By Tida Jaiteh
The World Health (WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other partners validated the Health System Assessment Reports on Tuesday 17th April at Kairaba Beach Hotel.
Dr. Isatou Touray Vice President of the republic of the Gambia speaking at the signing ceremony said it marks another giant step toward successfully implementing the road mark. The VP told the audience that as a government we have collectively put together efforts to realise the aspirations in the national development plan 2018-2021. Health is unquestionably a critical enabler without which we cannot realise our development goals.
Speaking at the meeting Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh minister of Health said a national strategic plan was formulated to implement the strategic goals of the national health policy. The objective of the policy is to make health care readily available, accessible and affordable to all.
The Health minister said the Gambian health system is transforming at a rapid rate, there is growth expansion of health care services in both public and private sectors that undoubtedly exerts unmatched pressure on limited social services such as health, education and water supply.
However, sustaining the gains in service management areas such as health management Information System , Health Financing, Drugs and Supply Chain Management, Governance Human Resource Management and service delivering remain a challenge to the health system in general.
The overall objective of the health system assessment was to assess the functionality of the health system in terms of how well the ministry of health can respond to the challenges of health in the twenty-first century in terms of the drive to push towards universal Health Coverage (UHC)
Dr. Desta A Tiruneh the residence representative of World Health Organisation said the comprehensive health assessment (HSA) is the first key collaboration between the major health partners in the era of the new government. It was a development of partner’s goodwill respond to government concerns to understand the status of the health sector.
As partnership requires cooperation, negotiation and agreements, we have come a long way since 2017 to validate completed reports in four out of the six areas of the health systems building block of human resources for health, health information system, health financing as well as governance and leadership of the health sector he added.
By Tida Jaiteh