RIVERS STATE; GROUP WANTS TASK SHIFTING/TASK SHARING HEALTH POLICY IMPLEMENTED

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Coalition of civil society organizations led by RAHI Medical Outreach and dRPC as well as other stakeholders in the health sector who wants the task sharing and task shifting (TsTs) policy implemented in Rivers State have begun series of advocacy to relevant parastatals of the government to drive the process.

A Technical Working Committee, TWC, led by Mrs. Mikiai Amachree which was set up to actualize the purpose, recently visited the Primary Healthcare Management Board and the Rivers State Hospital Management Board, RSHMB.

In his remarks during the visit, the Permanent Secretary in the board Dr. Agiriye Harry who said that though he is not an advocate of TsTs, however, noted that the policy could be modified to fill other clusters.

On his part, the Chief Medical Director, RSHMB, Dr. Kenneth suggested that the policy be modified first before taken to the Rivers State House of Assembly, adding that it’s whole framework sounds interesting.

Earlier, Dr. Chuks Nwaka who represented RAHI Medical Outreach and dRPC during the visit thanked the officers for granting audience to the group. In his presentation on the justification of the policy, he explained that the policy has become imperative due to the increasing number of Community Health Extension Workers, CHEWs, compared to that of nurses and midwives.

Dr. Nwaka noted that the policy, when fully implemented, will cushion the adverse effect of manpower shortage currently facing the health sector in the state. He noted that the policy is not only for nurses and CHEWs but also for patent medicine dealers and pharmacy technicians.

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