By PRISCA SAM-DURU
Following the last Health Sector Development Partners’ Forum, HSDPF, last December for the purpose of owning and taking leadership for effective coordination of key partners in the health sector, the Lagos State government has taken effective collaboration with key health partners in the State to the next level.
Speaking last week during the February forum, the Commissioner for Health Dr Jide Idris, said it had become necessary to fully engage partners from different parts of the world working in the state so as to put resources together to address a common goal.
“Lagos has a straight strategically plan and thought the partners should key into that strategically Plan rather than work on a parallel, adding that that was what informed the establishment of the Partners’ Forum.”
He said expectations at the meeting was the finalisation and harmonisation process which would ensure that all interventions, for both development partners and MDAs are result oriented and aligned to the Lagos State Strategic Health Development Plan 2010-2015.
Speaking on leadership and governance, Idris noted: “Lagos has huge private Sector system that has not been tapped. It isabout time we all sat together and work for the earlier we bring the public and private health care sector the better for Lagos State.”
Commending collaborative efforts of all the Partners including those those with significant roles in the state Health Sector Development Partners’ Forum initiative, he said the state’s home-grown Maternal Mortality Reduction Program which has its thrust, the IMNCH Strategy would be launched very soon.