Determined to compensate for the inadequacy of human resources for health (HRH) which is negatively impacting the effective and efficient delivery of health services, the Bauchi State Department of Health has declared its readiness to adopt the Revised and updated transfer and task sharing (TSTS) policy.
The disclosure was made by State Health Commissioner Dr Samaila Dahuwa, who said the TSTS document was designed for optimal use of available human resources for the improvement and development of the health sector. for efficient and quality health care delivery services.
Speaking at a one-day review of TSTS by the USAID-funded Integrated Health Program (IHP) held in Bauchi, Sumaila Dahuwa who was represented by the ministry’s director of medical services, Dr Robinson Yusuf said the state with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted in 2014 the national policy which turned out to be the most important thing to do.
He said that “a task analysis conducted in 2015 provided evidence that the state’s rural areas have the lowest concentration of health workers, resulting in a high death rate.”
The Commissioner added that “it is important to understand that TSTS policies are short-term and temporary, and are not designed to replace the duties of professional managers. But rather to make optimal use of the staff currently available in the state’s health facilities.
According to him, “it should be noted that the revision is the inclusion of cadres such as community midwives, community pharmacists, environmental workers for the first time.
Sumaila Dahuwa also said the strategy would help ensure a reallocation of tasks among existing frameworks, commending development partners and other state stakeholders for validating and reviewing the document.
He then urged stakeholders and development partners to work with the state government for successful implementation.
In his contribution, Dr Bukar Largema, human resources for health advisor for the USAID-funded Integrated Health Program (IHP), said the TSTS aimed to shift simple responsibility from senior managers to lower managers from professionals.
He also said the policy would complement government efforts in addressing the existing gap for health workers by stating, “TSTS is about shifting some responsibility from high level professionals to lower level professionals. It will also help high level professionals deal with critical cases, ”he said.
Bukar Largema further said that health workers will undergo training to ensure essential care is provided.
Earlier in his opening remarks, BASPHCDA Executive Chairman Dr Rilwanu Mohammed said 220 Community Health Workers (CHEWS) would soon be assigned to the 20 local government councils under the Care Delivery Fund. basic health care (BHCPF).
TSTS is a short-term, temporary measure for essential health services in the state, a policy that describes essential health services as reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health services (RMNCH).
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