Participants at a two-day workshop on Repositioning the Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency for Effectiveness have called for an action plan to address the staffing and infrastructural challenges facing the agency.
The workshop, which was organised by the PharmAccess Foundation Nigeria and the International Finance Corporation, also called for outsourcing of operational functions of HEFAMAA to private entities.
The workshop also recommended the adoption of SafeCare as the quality improvement methodology for providers on the scheme.
Participants also called for the amendment of the 2006 Lagos State Health Sector Reform Law establishing HEFAMAA and the development of its guidelines and handbook.
In this keynote address at the ceremony, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Primary HealthCare, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, charged all participants to uphold the recommendations on the strengthening of the agency’s capacity and pledged his unflinching support for the agency’s activities.
The Country Director of PharmAccess Foundation Nigeria, Ms. Njide Ndili, stated that “the workshop is a very important step to properly align the agency and all the relevant stakeholders, and support its objectives to regulate the healthcare sector in Lagos State ahead of the commencement of the mandatory health insurance scheme.”
Present at the workshop were the Permanent Secretary Primary Health Care Board, executive secretary and staff of HEFAMAA, director of pharmaceutical services, health care planning, research and statistics and officials of the Ministry of Health and the Health Services Commission.
Others were the leaders of the Lagos State branches of umbrella private professional association for all private health care providers, doctors, community pharmacists, nurses and laboratory scientists.
HEFAMAA regulates the quality of health care delivery in Lagos State.
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