Stakeholders to validate National Health Promotion Policy

Stakeholders on Monday converged on Kaduna for a three-day meeting to validate the revised National Health Promotion Policy (NHPP) and Implementation Framework.

The policy seeks to expand investment in the health sector, including primary healthcare, health education, maternal and child care, immunisation, prevention and control of epidemics, among others.

The stakeholders are expected to fashion out pragmatic strategies for the successful implementation of the NHPP.

Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, the Director, Family Health, Federal Ministry of Health, said while opening the meeting, that constructive contributions by the participants was necessary to the implementation of the policy.

Adebiyi commended UNICEF, PATHFinder International and other development partners for supporting the initiative and urged them to ensure that the policy was fully implemented.

She enjoined the media, line ministries and civil society groups to educate the public on the importance of the policy toward national development.

Earlier, Kaduna State Director of Public Health, Dr Ado Zakari, enjoined the participants to come up with ways of ensuring that the policy is accepted and implemented nationwide.

Mrs Deborah Jokodola, the Chief Health Education Officer, Federal Ministry of Health, said the meeting was designed to facilitate hitch free implementation of the NHPP.

According to her, the participants are expected to examine the revised NHPP to ascertain its appropriateness and conformity to the standards of a policy document.

She added that they would also discuss the Policy's Implementation Framework and arrive at a shared understanding of how to translate the policy document into action''.

The meeting is also being attended by health policy officers from states, faith based organisations, and NGOs.

Source: Voice of Nigeria