Awka-Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala chaired an entry meeting for a `One-work-week visit’ to the state by Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for Global Funds.
In his address, Dr Okpala, noted that the meeting would help both the State and CCM to know the areas, where there were gaps, issues and for the partners to address those concerns.
The meeting was held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
He said that the meeting would enable the state and the visitors, as a group to examine ways of introducing efficiency in the management of HIV/Tuberculosis and other programmes in the state.
The commissioner urged the teams to prepare for the demands and for identification of rooms for improvement, efficient resource utilisation and reprogramming of activities.
The commissioner, who was represented by Director, Public Health/Disease Control, Dr Uchechukwu Onyejimbe commended Global Funds for their support in the health sector of the state.
Mrs Maureen Onyia-Ekweazi, 1st Vice-Chairman, CCM for Global Funds, said that the visit was a sort of quarterly-project review, stressing that it presented an opportunity for facilitating achievement of the objectives of the programme.
“The meeting is a quarterly oversight visit to states; the essence is primarily for CCM to oversee the work Global Funds is doing in the country.
“We take time to visit different states, to see how the work is carried out and to see if there are challenges, and to see how we can help to resolve those challenges.
“It is also to ensure that people are actually benefiting from the programme as well as have access to quality care, which is the main objective of the support programme.
“When we visit these sites where our programmes are domiciled in different facilities, they will be able to tell us what they are lacking. We note it down for reprogramming,’’ she said.
Present at the meeting include Dr Richmond Achugbu, State Hospital Administrator and Dr Ugochukwu Chukwulobelu, Director Medical Services.
Others are Dr Afam Anaeme, State Programme Coordinator HIV/AIDS, Mrs Edith Egbuonu, Director Pharmaceutical Services and Mrs Edith Nwachukwu, Head of Planning, Research and Statistics.
Source: Anambra State Government