By Sola Ogundipe
PRESIDENT Umar Yarâ€™Adua, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan andÂ the 36 StateÂ Governors are set to participate in the upcomingÂ Presidential Summit on HealthÂ being coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Health.
The event with the themeÂ â€œAccepting Collective Responsibility for Improving Our Health in Nigeria,â€Â holds in Abuja on November 5-6, 2009.
A statement from the apexÂ Health MinistryÂ said the summit which marks the first step in implementation of the health sector component of Vision 20: 2020Â will be preceded by a pre-summit technical event dubbed â€œHigh Level Forum on Health MDGs and Related Initiatives.â€
Minister of Health, Prof. Babatunde Oshotimehin will set the tone of the event with a keynote address entitled: â€œHealth In Nigeria – A Situation Analysis.Â The Presidential SummitÂ proper will form an agenda item at the National Economic Council of November 10, 2009.
Good Health Weekly gathered that the objective of the Summit is to engage Governors and obtain their commitment inÂ on-going efforts to meet the health needs of Nigerians and achievement of the 7-Point Agenda throughÂ implementation of the Health Sector Component of Vision 20: 2020 by agreeing on critical issues that will further strengthen the collaboration between States and the Federal Government. This will position the States and by extension the Local governments to actively participate in the delivery of healthcare.
It was revealed thatÂ the pre-summit technical session will be attended by three representatives from eachÂ State including the Commissioners for Health and the Secretary of Health, FCT. Others include members of the top management of the Federal Ministry of Health, key officers of relevant MDAs (NPC, Education, Women Affairs, Agric and Water Resources, Finance, Budget Office, etc), Development Partners etc.
The expected outcome of the processes include a consensus and road map on the active collaboration and participation of the Federal and State governments in health care delivery.
A Partnership Agreement known as â€œNational Health Partnership Declaration and Mutual Accountability for Measurable Resultsâ€ which will reflect key and measurable deliverables within the health sector that will benefit Nigerians in the short, medium and long-term is expected to be developed.