1 December 2020 By Florence Adewale
The Federal Ministry of Health has presented a new National Health Promotion Policy and National Strategic Plan for Health promotion 2020 to 2024.
At the presentation in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said it became necessary to set standard and promote productivity for every citizen in the country.
The Minister explained that the reviewed 2006 health plan sought to address the weak management structural deficit across the three tiers of Government.
Dr. Erhanire who stressed that the policy has been customised to address peculiarities and context of Health promotion in Nigeria noted that the plan would be participatory as it would involve every individual to promote and ensure Government achieved set goals of the Universal Health Coverage for all.
In his words “The National Health Promotion Policy (NHPP 2019) clearly identifies the need for health promotion focused knowledge management system to serve as a one-stop-knowledge hub within the health sector. In addition, the National Strategic Plan for Health Promotion (2020-2024) identifies the development of a knowledge management guideline as a fundamental requirement in the effort to enhance the institutionalization and impact of health promotion in Nigeria.
He added, “I hope that once institutionalized, the knowledge management guideline will address at all levels, Health Promotion programming, organizational culture, operation and implemention strategies aimed at supporting the gathering, storing and sharing of health promotion knowledge. I invite all multi and bilateral partners and other stakeholders to buy into the knowledge management guideline for health promotion 2020-2024.”
In their separate remarks, the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen and the Minister of Environment Mallam Mahmud Mohammed, pledged their support to the Ministry of Health to ensure that women take responsibility of health promotion as well as ensure a clean environment.
In a good will message, the Commissioner of Health, Cross Rivers State, Mrs. Betta Edu solicited the support of all stakeholders to ensure the programme was implemented at all levels.
Other stakeholders at the occasion promised to ensure the message is simplified in different languages for those at the grassroots.