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LISDEL stages Workshop on Epidemic Preparedness & Response in Finance, Identifies Transparency as a Challenge

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By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja

Legislative Initiative for Sustainable Development, an NGO, has staged a workshop on Multisectoral Forum on Epidemic Preparedness and Response Financing in Nigeria with the theme: “Raising the accountability bar for health security financing in Nigeria” on Thursday at the Reiz Continental Hotel, in Abuja.

The workshop which is aimed at deepening the knowledge of key stakeholders on the National Action plan on health security in Nigeria, to engender an enabling environment for health security policy and financing in Nigeria through effective stakeholders engagement, forge a coalition for enhancing accountability for health security financing in Nigeria and showcasing the effectiveness of previous investments in health security in Nigeria went educative as keynote speakers and panelists gathered lasting solutions after identifying the absence of transparency as one key challenge.

Dr. Priscilla Ibekwe, the Deputy Director, Special Duties NCDC who presented a paper on the overview of financing and implementation of the National Action Plan on Health Security applauded the government for her prompt responses to health issues in the country, stressing that despite the good rating on the government in regards to health issues, the government needs to increase funding in the health sector.

The two-panel discussions with the topic: Raising the accountability bar for the public, private sector, and donor investment in Epidemic preparedness and response, improving investment in epidemic preparedness and Response -Experience from the implementation of Prevent Epidemics project, respectively, dealt decisively on the challenges and fashioned out remedies to the identified problems.

Earlier, the Nigeria Coordinator, GHAI Prevent Epidemics Project, Dr. Emmanuel Alhassan lauded the Kano state government over unmeasurable achievements attained in the health sector.

He further stressed that other state governments should emulate the Kano state to ensure a better health sector in the country.

The prevent epidemics EPR financing forum organized by LISDEL was coloured with meritorous awards. The award recipients and categories are: Dr. Amina Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Member, Kano State Taskforce on COVID-19, bagged
‘Health Security Champion’, in recognition of his active role and commitment to epidemic preparedness and response in Kano State, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa
Hon Commissioner for Health, Kano State, awarded ‘Health Security Service Excellence’, in recognition of his leadership that led to the creation of a budget line for epidemic preparedness and response in Kano State 2021 Budget.

Others are, Hon. Musa Ali Kachako, Deputy Chairperson, Committee on Health, Kano State House of Assembly
Health Security Service Excellence also bagged an award in recognition of his active role in the creation of the budget line for epidemic preparedness and response in the Kano State 2021 Appropriation Law, Dr. Ashiru Rajab, Director of Public Health/Disease Control, Kano State, awarded as ‘Health Security Service Excellence’, in recognition of his active role in the creation of a budget line for epidemic preparedness and response in the Kano State 2021 Appropriation Law, Dr. Basheer Lawan Muhammad, the State Epidemiologist, Kano State, also bagged
‘Health Security Service Excellence’, in recognition of his active role and commitment to epidemic preparedness and response in Kano State.

Also, Dr. Tijjani Hussaini, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board, bagged ‘Health Security Service Excellence’, in recognition of his active role and commitment to epidemic preparedness and response in Kano State, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, Chair Senate Committee on PHC and Infectious Diseases, was honoured an award of ‘Health Security Service Excellence’, in recognition of his contributions towards increasing domestic financing for Epidemic Preparedness and Response in Nigeria, Honourable Tanko Sununu, Chair House of Representatives Committee on Health Services, bagged ‘Health Security Service Excellence’, in recognition of his contributions towards increasing domestic financing for Epidemic Preparedness and Response in Nigeria, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Chair, Senate Committee on Health was also honoured with
‘Health Security Service Excellence’ award in recognition of his contributions towards increasing domestic financing for Epidemic Preparedness and Response in Nigeria, Mr. Ben Akabueze, honoured with ‘Health Security Service Excellence’ award in recognition of his contributions towards increasing domestic financing for epidemic preparedness and response in Nigeria

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