Malaita Provincial Ministry of Health completes its 2023 AOP budget meeting
Malaita Provincial Director of Health Dr Rex Maukera delivering his remarks
Photo of a meeting during the session
The Malaita Provincial Department of Health and Medical Services has successfully completed its 2023 Annual Operating Plan budget meeting held last week at the Provincial Government Green House in Auki.
The meeting brought together members of the provincial health executive, heads of program departments and regional supervisors with the participation of planning and accounting officers from the national ministry of health.
The theme of the meeting: Advancing quality health services through a system strengthening approach.
In his opening address to the meeting, Malaita Provincial Director of Health, Dr. Rex Maukera, explained the theme:
“Quality does not mean that we provide fancy new machines. It is about improving and strengthening current processes and systems, including activities aimed at achieving better health outcomes for our people,”
“It also involves strengthening existing partnerships and creating new ones at all levels for efficient and effective service delivery. For example, our strong partnership with the provincial government (MARA) has allowed us to benefit from their wonderful support throughout our response to COVID-19, including infrastructure work in some of our clinics through the program PCDF, not to mention our partnerships with other non-governmental organizations and civil society groups, churches and communities that have created many opportunities to advance health services in our province,” explained the Dr Maukera.
The Director also encouraged meeting participants to think outside the box to explore opportunities where program integration and service delivery can be achieved in a more efficient and effective manner.
Saying this, the Provincial Director of Health took the opportunity to welcome the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Glen Waneta who attended the opening of the meeting and expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation for the support of the provincial government.
He also thanked the Senior Management of the National Ministry of Health under the direction of Madame Pauline McNeil, the Permanent Secretary for Health.
“The deployment of your planning and accounts managers to our meeting to present important key documents, including the new 10-year National Health Strategic Plan (2022-2031) soon to be launched is a demonstration of your commitment to ensure that we are all on the same page in our efforts to preserve and advance the health and well-being of our people.
Photo of a meeting during the session
Dr. Maukera also thanked the HODs and Regional Supervisors for their sacrifices and commitment throughout the COVID-19 response. “While difficult, we should all be proud of all of our efforts and, more importantly, to ensure that all clinics remain open throughout the COVID-19 response,” Dr. Maukera said.
In saying this, he encouraged the participants to say that even though we share our challenges and setbacks in this meeting, it does not mean that we have not achieved anything.
“We have accomplished a lot. The challenges we face are not against you, but the systems in place are therefore watching closely the gaps and challenges you have in your respective programs and seeing how they can best be filled and overcome,” said Dr. maukera.
He concluded by emphasizing the need to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of health programs and health care services. “While there are implementation issues, I think the real problem is getting results. We need to focus more on results and so I encourage everyone to allocate sufficient budget for monitoring and evaluation.
Brian Idufanoa MHMS Chief Planning Officer & Senior Executive Management Secretary and Beverly Sanga, Assistant Finance Officer of the National Ministry of Health deployed to support the Malaita Provincial Health Team during their AOP 2023 budget meeting.