By Oluwaseyi Adeshina
In its bid to manage the Nigeria healthcare sector, PharmAccess Foundation in partnership with Enterprise Development Centre has introduced healthcare management programme designed to build the capacity of healthcare professionals in the key areas of quality, business, finance and inventory management.
Speaking during the media launch of the programme, Country Director Of PharmAccess Foundation,Ms. Njide Ndili, emphasised the need for management skill in order to ensure a profitable business in the healthcare system, HMP was designed to help build the capacity of healthcare professionals, to teach them about financial management, co-operate governance, understanding their operating environment and the policies that affect their businesses.
“PharmAccess has run several programmes in the healthcare space in Nigeria but we have come to realise working with hospitals and other health organisation that there is a knowledge gap in the industry and so pharmAccess has set up this programme to close that gap”.
Ndili noted that anybody that has any activity on the healthcare value chain can take this programme. “Is very important to know that the tuition for this first quote is subsidies 50 percent by pharmAccess that means we have paid 50 percent of their tuition just to help encourage people to learn, this is kind of the value we adding to this programme”.
Corroborating her views, Director General, Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), Nneka Okekearu said that being a good doctor, lab scientist, pharmacist etc doesn’t necessarily mean that you will manage your business very well. “We could see across the sector that there is a need to deepen the skills set or sense of practitioners and professionals in the healthcare group and so the programme was created.
She further explained that the programme is a five month certificate course, a blended programme that has classes section and online component. “Classes holds at the Pan Atlantic University where EDC is situated. For now the program is run once a year, if the program goes well in Lagos then we take it to other states.”