BY ESTHER NURIA
NATIONAL and Provincial health administrators in the country have convened for the annual National Health Conference in Honiara.
The three-days meeting was attended by 167 participants, which comprised of Members of the Senior Executive Management of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Provincial Health Directors and Provincial Conference Participants, WHO Representatives and Representatives of the Development Partners, Senior Government Official from Partner Ministries and Stakeholders from Civil Society, Churches, and Private Sector.
The purpose of the Conference is to develop a shared understanding of the need for improved performance and accountability in the implementation of changes and improvements across the health sector.
The theme of the conference: “Reaching our Targets”-Towards Universal Health Coverage through improving Performance and Accountability.
When officiating at the opening of the today at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara, Minister for Health and Medical Services Honorable Dickson Mua commended the opportunity to review the challenges and strengths in delivering the Ministry’s programs, and also identified the priorities and come up innovative strategies that are practical and relevant within the Ministry’s context.
“You will again take stock of your accomplishments, reflect on the many challenges that you encountered or the advancement of Universal Health Coverage for all in this country.
“In your deliberations, I urge you to dwell not so much on the problems the Ministry is facing but to find innovative ways and find solutions that will address some of our problems and challenges that will have a greater impact on your work.”
He said the Ministry has rolled out the implementation Role Delineation Policy (RDP) and dedicated a committee with the urge to move the implementation of the policy forward. And the Ministry’s was restructuring reform where the Ministry is progressing well around its space.
“The National Referral Hospital – Am pleased to report that the required processes are progressing towards the construction of a computerized tomography (CT) scan. Just more recently the HRH received a kind donation from the Lee Kwo Kuen, in the form of new extension of the medical ward.”
The Minister further explained on improvement efforts made by the Ministry’s Planning and Aid Coordination in relation to national health projects.
“The Ministry of Planning has approved processes on capital projects, and the Senior Executive Management has endorsed an internal policy to ensure that infrastructure development in the sector is aligned to the Ministry’s projects guided by RDP.
“And with the Ministry’s legislation reform, the Ministry has worked hard on the process with various consultations undertake. Where the ministry aims to have a draft policy finalized and submitted to cabinet by the end of June 2019.
“Although it might appear to be an endless list of challenges and setbacks through the three days conference but the focus on performance, accountability and delivering results and targets was the primary focus for this year’s theme,” added the Minister.
Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Pauline McNeil reminded the participants of the National Health Conference to find solutions at problems and find ways and innovative strategies to address issues.
“The purpose of this year’s conference is to develop a shared understanding of the need for improved performance and accountability, in the implementation of changes and improvements across the health sector with the aim to reach our targets and improve our indicators.
“It is also an opportunity to share experiences of good practice and lessons learned and most importantly to build relationships for a highly motivated team effort amongst MHMS staff and partners, towards achieving our common vision of the National Health Strategic Plan 2016-2020.
“I encourage you all for your full engagement and participation at this 3 days national conference, and further encourage you all to exchange, share ideas and experiences and take stock of what you can learn from each other and with our partners out, and what you can get out from this conference.”