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FMoH Convenes the 15th Annual Review Meeting, Mekele


The 15th Annual Review Meeting (ARM) was convened from October 09 to 11, 2013 in Mekele the Tigray Regional State. As the part of this year's ARM, field visits were made to selected districts of the region where visitors witnessed the unbeaten health service delivery practices carried out by the Health Extension Workers (HEW) at the grassroots community level.

Organized by the FMoH, the Annual Review Meeting was officially launched with the opening speech addressed by H. E Ato Abay Woldu, president of the Tigray Regional State and H.E Dr Keseteberhan Admassu, Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

On the occasion, awards of recognition were given to individuals who made outstanding contributions to the health sector development of the nation at the various state apparatuses.

 

Policy and Plan Directorate of the Ministry, Ato Noh Elias presented the annual performance reports wherein he discussed that the wide range of activities accomplished during the reporting year towards addressing the major strategic objectives of HSDP IV. He particularly emphasized maternal and newborn health services, child health services, national nutrition programs, prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), public health emergency preparedness and response as successful areas of accomplishment. Deliveries at the health facilities with the support of skilled birth attendants have been increasing over time, implying a significant contribution to reducing maternal mortality at the national level.

In terms of heath infrastructure and resource management, it was also noted that the scope of work towards expanding essential infrastructures, human resources, of different disciplines as well as procurement of pharmaceutical supplies and medical equipment have been managed properly.

EPHA was represented in the meeting by Dr Tewabech Bishaw ( President) and Ato Hailegnaw Eshete (ED) and both of whom expressed their deep appreciations to the efforts made by the government of Ethiopia (health sector) along with others involved in improving the health sector as it was pointed out in the reporting. A wide range of issues were discussed during the conference whereby participants indicated that still much remains to be done in improving the quality of health care services and in fulfilling shortfalls in human resources at different levels. Attention should be given to strategically mobilize and efficiently and effectively utilize the available resources by creating an enabling environment and other means to retain and motivate health care personnel.

Hence, special consideration and attention should be given to intensify and improve maternal health services in all regions of the country. In addition, it was underscored that emphasis should be given to improve the status and good code of conduct to protect the public from malpractices. New formalization of polices and guidelines are also expected to broadly address retention of human resources in the public sector, promotion of e-health, standardization of services at the different level, procurement and management of logistics and biomedical equipment, ratification of tobacco convention, non communicable diseases and improving ambulatory services among others.