By Kemi Olatunde
In its bid to sustain its present efforts at providing accessible, qualitative and sustainable health care delivery system, Ondo State in collaboration with major stakeholders in the health sector are developing a strategic operational plan for Year 2024 that will further meet the health needs of the people of the state.
Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Banji Ajaka made this assertion while speaking at the opening ceremony of a 5-day workshop on development of Annual Operational Plan for the health sector at the Premier Holiday Resort, Igbara Oke
The commissioner said the Year 2024 Annual Operational Plan (AOP) is being developed early enough in 2023 in order to inform the budget preparation for Year 2024.
While describing the workshop as critical, worthwhile, timely and expedient, the Commissioner explained that the workshop was convened considering the fact that adequate implementation of annual operational plan ensures efficient deployment of resources.
Ajaka acknowledged the efforts of development partners, particularly UNICEF for funding the exercise annually while also charging other partners to populate Ondo State with more partners.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Folukemi Aladenola said the exercise was designed to provide a road map for achieving strategic results and ensuring its linkage to government planning cycle and budget.
Aladenola charged participants at the workshop to painstakingly review the 2023 AOP implementation to develop the 2024 AOP document while ensuring the consideration of some important documents that should inform the development of the Operational plan.
She equally appreciated the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN for providing the political will for the health sector in the state to move forward while noting that it has strengthened the health indices of Ondo state.
The representative of the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) Dr Olufemi Adeyemi opined that the essence of the AOP was for proper inclusion of children in the annual health plan of the state
“The essence of developing annual operational plan is because most of our children are left behind and UNICEF does not want any child to be left behind anymore. Any child that is born has a right to survive, thrive to become whatever God has purposed the child to become”
Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Ondo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Uche Odionyenma while giving the vote of thanks averred that at the end of the five-day workshop, participants should have defined priorities and targets to be achieved by the AOP.
The all-inclusive workshop has participants drawn from all the departments in the Ministry of Health as well as Parastatals and Departments in the state’s health sector.