November 28, 2022



Implementation of NSOANP will strengthen surgical care – FG

The Federal Authorities has mentioned the implementation of the Nationwide Surgical, Obstetrics, Anaesthesia and Nursing Plan (NSOANP) for Nigeria at sub – nationwide ranges will increase entry to surgical care and provides optimistic and improved outcomes main to raised healthcare for Nigerians.

Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who acknowledged this in Abuja at a workshop on dissemination of NSOANP to states in Nigeria organised by the ministry defined that the essence is to have all actors within the surgical area on the identical web page for accelerated surgical care within the nation.

Represented by Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, Director and Head, Division of Hospital Providers of the Federal Ministry of Well being, the minister expressed optimism that the workshop will produce suggestions for higher and efficient implementation of the plan.

“You might be conscious that the Smile Practice and different companions have been supporting the Federal Ministry of Well being in driving the implementation of the NSOANP and we’ve the Nationwide Council for Well being approval for us to take the implementation to the sub – nationwide ranges. We have to have all of the individuals on the identical web page to the extent that we will converse with one voice, we’ll share the implementation plan with the states in order that we will truly achieve mileage within the implementation to make sure that we don’t have others transferring quick and others lagging behind. We are literally not on time within the implementation as a result of it’s from 2021 – 2023. However with this workshop we count on to achieve mileage within the implementation as we stock the message to the sub – nationwide ranges and all of the actors on the sub nationwide degree will likely be stimulated by our officers that will likely be going to disseminate the plan.

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“The target is that we don’t segregate the actions and actions of the professionals however carry everyone underneath the identical umbrella. What we’ve been doing was that you’re an anaesthetist, you face your anaesthesia, you might be an obstetrician or gynaecologist you face your personal however now we’re making it a teamwork. That’s the entire essence of the plan to the extent that the choice makers on the sub – nationwide ranges will be certain that the specialists work collectively as a workforce. It’s not that we’ve not been having surgical procedures previously, however everyone has simply been performing on their very own, however we wish to actually get them collectively as a workforce relatively than working in silos,” he mentioned.

Talking on behalf of the NSOANP workforce, Dr. Justina Seyi-Olajide, a paediatric surgeon on the Lagos College Educating Hospital and facilitator for NSOANP famous that the plan is supposed to the strengthen surgical techniques of the nation to make sure that common well being protection is achieved.

“So, NSOANP is developed so that everyone can entry surgical care wherever they could be. Implementation of the plan is to make sure the belief of the objectives to enhance workforce, to enhance infrastructure, to enhance coaching, and to enhance governance. All of the completely different facet that make up the surgical techniques will likely be improved and strengthened.

“That is how actions will likely be taken to implement it. For instance, Smile Practice has been funding coaching, has funded the creation of a cleft and surgical procedure e-registry (this can be a platform for dependable knowledge assortment). They’re funding biomedical engineering coaching, supporting improvement of youngsters’s working rooms and likewise supporting coaching in primary life help and superior life help in addition to nursing care coaching to enhance the standard of perioperative care, amongst different interventions”, Dr Seyi-Olajide added.

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Earlier in a comment, Smile Practice Vice President and Regional Director for Africa Mrs. Nkeiruka Obi averred that the purpose of Smile Practice is to make sure that secure surgical procedure is accessible and reasonably priced to all particularly for sufferers with a cleft. That is in alignment with our strategic objectives in pursuing our shared promise on the success of the Common Well being Protection (UHC) and well being -related SDG objectives.

“As we roll out the implementation of NSOANP and given the important significance of healthcare supply system on the state degree it’s crucial that the dissemination begins with out additional delay. We imagine that this may consolidate the beneficial properties of NSOANP and on the identical time assist in reaching the final mile.

“Within the spirit of the UHC, our purpose is to make sure that surgical care is accessible; individuals don’t have to maneuver out from their villages to come back to town centres to obtain remedy. We additionally be sure that surgical care is reasonably priced. Nobody ought to go bankrupt due to their surgical remedy.

“Once more, we wish to be sure that healthcare is equitable. Well being for all, with out segregation, no discrimination. The identical care you get on the city space ought to be the identical you get on the rural space. This can go a good distance in increasing and strengthening the well being system when all of the related actors within the NSOANP implementation are properly knowledgeable and empowered to implement the targets”, Mrs Obi opined.

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