NSOANP implementation will deepen surgical treatment 

The Federal Government has said the implementation of the National Surgical, Obstetric, Anastasia and Nursing Plan (NSOANP) for Nigeria at sub-national levels will expand access to surgical treatment and give positive outcomes leading to better healthcare for Nigerians.

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire who stated this in Abuja at a workshop on dissemination of NSOANP to states in Nigeria organized by the ministry explained that the essence is to have all actors in the surgical space on the same page for accelerated surgical care in the country.

Represented by Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, Director, Hospital Services of the Federal Ministry of Health, the minister expressed optimism that the workshop will come up with recommendations for better and effective implementation of the plan.

“That’s the whole essence of the plan to the extent that the decision-makers at the sub-national levels will ensure that the experts work together as a team. It’s not that we have not been having surgeries in the past but everybody has just been acting on their own but we want to really get them together as a team rather than working in silos”.

Speaking on behalf of the NSOANP team, Dr Justina Seyi-Olajide, a pediatric surgeon at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and facilitator noted that the plan is meant to strengthen the surgical systems of the country to ensure that universal health coverage is achieved.
“So, NSOANP is developed so that everybody can access health care where ever they may be. Implementation of the plan is to ensure the realization of the goals to improve the workforce, improve infrastructure, improve training, improve governance, equipment and all the different aspect that make up the surgical systems are improved and strengthened.

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