Edo State Health Commissioner, Prof. Obehi Akoria, advocated the need for integrated regional procurement and supply management to establish a comprehensive framework to optimize all resources in a integrated for a responsive, cost-effective, efficient, transparent and accountable supply of health products. chain system for all public health programs in their respective state.
Prof Akoria, who was represented by Dr Stanley Ehiarimwian, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Edo State, said the theme of the meeting, “Refocusing the public health supply chain through l ‘integration for a sustainable system’, is very appropriate, especially in the face of reduced partner resources, insecurity, staff attrition and inflation.
The Edo State Ministry of Health hosted this year 2022 the annual meeting of the Integrated Regional Technical Working Group on Procurement and Supply Chain Management in Benin City, the state capital. .
The participating states are Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo and the host state, Edo.
She revealed that access to essential medicines and other health commodities is an important strategy to achieve universal health coverage and it remains a major health system challenge in Nigeria.
According to Professor Akoria, there is an urgent need to establish an overarching framework to optimize all resources in an integrated manner for a responsive, cost-effective, efficient, transparent and accountable health product supply chain system for all public health programs. .
She appreciated the initiative of the Procurement and Supply Chain Management Technical Working Group, which is a rallying point for all stakeholders in the supply chain system to discuss and make decisions that improve the health product supply chain system in particular and the health of citizens in general.
Prof. Akoria added that “Through its coordination meeting and advocacy calls, the PSM-TWG in Edo State has fostered healthy relationships among key players, which has provided us with ways to leverage leverage available resources for quantification, integrated commodity distribution, COVID-19 vaccine distribution and sample collection, and logistics data reporting and management for various public health programs in the state. This has enabled efficient use of available resources and minimizes waste at all levels of the supply chain.
“In addition to this, the Edo State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Mr. Godwin Obaseki is committed to promoting the health status of the people of Edo State and improve the quality of health care services. This commitment is reflected in the recruitment of qualified health personnel, the supply of health products and collaboration with local and foreign partners.
“This shows that concerted efforts of supply chain actors and policy makers through an effective coordination structure and an enabling policy and economic environment can achieve health sector supply chain integration” , she concluded.
During the meeting, each state representative was allowed to make a presentation on the SCM, SWOT analysis, key achievements of the SCM, challenges and solutions of the SC, the state-led plan for sustainability and ownership of the SC, monitoring of the 2021 mitigation action plan, COVID-19 vaccine logistics progress report and NISDRN update report.
There was also a brainstorming session on developing a mitigation plan for identified challenges, building consensus and updating on the SLMCU Quarterly Fact Sheet.
Partners were also allowed to make their presentations on key MTS achievements, MTS challenges and proposed solutions, plans for sustainability and ownership of the CS and feedback/comments.