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ONDO INAUGURATES TWG FOR HEALTHCARE FINANCE, EQUITY AND INVESTMENT UNIT

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Bisi Lawani
March 24, 2024

Ondo State Ministry of Health in collaboration with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) has inaugurated Technical Working Group for Healthcare Finance, Equity and Investment Unit in the State with the primary aim of working to enhance accessibility, equity and sustainable healthcare system in the State.

While inaugurating the group on behalf of the Commissioner for Health, the Permanent Secretary of the Ondo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Adeniran Ikuomola noted that the establishment of the TWG underscored the resolute commitment of the present administration to transforming the healthcare landscape in the State. "It is a strategic initiative at addressing multifaceted challenges that hinder equitable access to quality healthcare services in the State by leveraging on the innovative financing mechanism, fostering equity and attracting strategic investment"
He said the objective of the meeting was to review and approve the terms of reference for the Technical Working Group (TWG) and it's membership and also discuss and align HCFE&IU meetings and modalities.
Ikuomola averred that the inauguration of the group was a foundation for collaborative action and collective impact towards achieving Universal Health Coverage while the State is relying on the expertise, insight and dedication of the members of the Technical working Group.

The Permanent Secretary appreciated the members of the TWG for accepting the responsibility to serve the State while also urging them to be committed and passionate to be able to navigate the complexities of the assignment.

He expressed his profound gratitude to Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) for sponsoring the inauguration and other subsequent quarterly meetings of the group.
The Permanent secretary who is the Chairman of the TWG promised to commence work immediately with the already laid down terms of reference saying "we will put in our best to strengthen our healthcare system with total dedication"

The Representative of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Uzoamaka Nwankwo noted in his goodwill message that the inauguration of the unit would put healthcare financing at the centre and it will enable progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.

The representative of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Mrs Ruth Adetokunbo also emphasized that the TWG will help to monitor Health expenditures pattern, provide necessary information and identify health system problems and improve the system performance.

The State Coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Dele David appreciated the Government of Ondo State for emplacing the group while emphasizing that his Organization will continue to support healthcare system in the State.

The 60 member Technical Working Group has the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health as the Chairman and Director Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry, Dr Richard Adesoji as the Secretary.