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Nigeria on track with National Health Workforce Registry

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr.Rui Gama Vaz, yesterday said the situation of health workforce in Nigeria is a critical constraint to health development.
Vaz said this during a stakeholders’ meeting on National HRH policy and strategic plan review, National Health Workforce Registry update and Health Workforce Migration, held in Abuja “The National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP 2010-2015) and National Health Bill recognise that the situation of health workforce in Nigeria is a critical constraint to health development.
“I am therefore delighted to note the significant efforts among government and various partners towards improving human resource for health as part of strengthening health systems.”
According to him, Nigeria is in the right track with the National Health Workforce Registry (NHWR), its operational guideline and policy amendment to support its implementation, as well as task shifting/sharing policy that were approved at 57th National Council on Health initiative.
The WHO representative said NHWR would enable the accounting and tracking of health workers, serving as evidence for HRH forecasting, planning and management, while a well monitored task shifting would contribute in addressing the shortage of skilled workers towards improving access to health services for Nigerians.
Vaz stressed that yesterday was the pinnacle of all the activities, as it brought together major stakeholders in the country, policy makers, regulatory bodies and other key players, to reach consensus on the revisions of National HRH National Policy and strategic plan and set tone for the next steps in implementation of NHWR

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