The Federal Government and its Development partners have signed the country Compact as a way of building a resilient health system and ensuring that government priorities as outlined in the NSHDP II remains on the front burner.
The Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire speaking at the event on Tuesday said the compact reflects the mutual understanding between the Nigerian Government and Development Partners committment to implement and uphold the NSHDP II by strengthening existing partnerships to move forward the principles of the, Paris Declaration, Accra Agenda for Action and Harmonization of Health in Africa (HHA).
He said it will also increase transparency and mutual accountability between their partners and Nigeria to the principles and approaches set out in the global IHP compact and to increase harmonization and alignment of development assistance to the health sector.
Dr. Ehanire further disclosed that the Nigerian government will be setting up a management committee that will monitor the level of implementation of the set out in the document in order to track the level of the implementation of the country compact to which they all append their signatures.
He said his priority mandate is the provision of quality stewardship and services for the health of all Nigerians adding that in delivering the mandate and services, the National Health Act which provides the framework for the Regulation, Development, Management, and Standards for our National Health system, has been and will be central to their achievement.
On his part the Country Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Walter Mulombo says the main objective of the Country Compact is to set out a framework for increased and more effective investment in order to create the opportunity for countries to hasten progress towards the national health priorities and objectives.
He also reeled out some of the benefits of the compact which he says include increased focus on country-owned health related strategies and plans while strengthening coordination, trust, dialogue, and partnership between government and stakeholders.
He added that based on their mandate as a member state organization, the GPW13, and Transformation Agenda, the WHO will continue to provide support to the Government of Nigeria at the Federal and State levels to ensure that the people benefit from these plans and targets.