BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
ABOUT 180 health professionals from the national and provincial health sectors will sit for an annual Ministry of Health and Medical Services National Health Conference starting today.
The conference is held at the Forum Fisheries Agencies (FFA) Conference room.
This year’s conference is focussed on making strong plans and commitments to implement the Ministry‘s role delineation policy.
The role delineation policy is an important tool linking the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), country’s National Strategic Health Plan and national development strategy to address target areas and reach our goals.
It clearly defines the kind of services and the ‘packages of care’ that are to be provided at each level of health centres in the country.
According to MHMS, the conference is aimed to ensure appropriate services are provided closer to where people live so they can access services with lesser financial hardship.
MHMS Permanent Secretary Dr Tenneth Dalipanda said, “The RDP is the tool to help achieve Universal Health Coverage for the people of Solomon Islands which are our Ultimate Goal.
“The journey to achievement of Universal Health Coverage is a long one and the implementation of the Role Delineation Policy is a significant step in the right direction.
“The policy will help Ministry to improve coverage, access to, and reach of health services to our people in this country, and this is what Universal Health Coverage is really about.”
Dalipanda adds, the Ministry is committed to continue informing the country and people about how changes to the health system will affect them.
“We will keep public informed every step of the way,” confirmed Dalipanda.
Participants attending the conference will be national and provincial health workers, regional and international organisations, development partners, donors, and central government agencies.
The conference is hosted under the theme, “Moving towards Universal Health Coverage through the Implementation of the Role Delineation Policy”.