The World Health Organisation (WHO) said, at the weekend, that Nigeria was on the right track in meeting the health-related goals as enunciated in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before the 2015 deadline.
The country representative of WHO, Dr Peter Eriki, gave the pass mark and the assurance that Nigeria would beat the deadline despite criticisms that the country might not achieve the MDGs targets by 2015.
The WHO representative spoke on Saturday in Abuja at the graduation ceremony of 96 graduates of the Mid-Level Management Training Course (MLMT) for Primary Health Care in the country, an initiative of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Dr Eriki, who was represented by a director in the organisation, Dr Koi Tom, said through the various programmes undertaken by the Federal Government, such as the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) and training of PHC coordinators, the country had made significant progress in the areas of maternal and child maternity.
The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the training was one of the strategies the country had put in place as part of its efforts to attain the MDGs.
Professor Onyebuchi, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Alhaji Suleiman Bello, added that the Federal Government was very committed to achieving all the goals.
The Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr Muhammad Ali Pate, said the training was conceived to address the lack of managerial capacity at all levels of health care system, especially at the PHC level, which had been cited as binding constraints to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
According to him, the training would bridge the long existing gap in the PHC capacity among managers in the country, adding that it would also improve the efficiency of health outcome of PHC in the country.
He said: “Three people are selected from each geo-political zone of the country. The participants include nurses, doctors, midwives and community health workers who have worked at both state and local government levels.
“They are taken through six months training in policy formulations and planning and execution, basic computer and accounting, as well as communication skills.”
He said the MDGs office financed the programme, while the technical support was provided by the Duke University.