By Chioma Obinna
PharmAccess Foundation, in collaboration with the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan Atlantic University, has commenced a 5-month certificate course to build capacity of healthcare service providers with Healthcare Management Programme (HMP).
The certificate course is to help healthcare professionals in areas of quality assurance, finance, business and inventory management.
The programme is structured to support professional development of medical doctors from all specialties, pharmacists, laboratories scientists and technicians, dentists, health industry regulators to deepen capacity along the healthcare value chain in Nigeria.
The Country Director, PharmAccess Foundation Nigeria, Njide Ndili, in a statement said the course is designed to help build managerial capacity of healthcare service providers.
“People running healthcare organisations need to understand how to run their organisations as businesses,” she stated.
According to Ndili, PharmAccess hope the skills acquire during the five-month course will help participants build more profitable businesses and also facilitate more access to quality healthcare for Nigerians.
“Over the years PharmAccess has run several programmes in the healthcare space in Nigeria, however we have come to realise working with hospitals and healthcare providers that there is a knowledge gap in the industry and the HMP was developed to bridge that gap,” Ndili stated.
Nneka Okekearu, Deputy Director, Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), Pan Atlantic University in her remarks said the collaboration with PharmAccess on the HMP certificate course will deepen the skills set of practitioners in the healthcare delivery system.
“Today’s most successful healthcare professionals are also knowledgeable in essential business and management principles,” Okekearu stated.
The HMP course modules focuses on overview of the healthcare landscape in Nigeria, Regulatory, legal and tax issues in Nigeria, Operations management in business, Principles of contracting and procurement in healthcare business, Financial management, Developing a business plan for healthcare business, Infrastructure development and equipment management, Business ethics and corporate governance, and Quality assurance in healthcare delivery.