Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and health partners reviewed the national health strategic plan to factor in health programs implemented that were not on the plan.

Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and health partners reviewed the national health strategic plan to factor in health programs implemented that were not on the plan.

The General Director for Health Performance at the Ministry of Health, Doctor OdeteViegas said the strategic plan represents a guideline for the Ministry and health partners to follow to provide good healthcare services to Timorese and if the plan does not reflect the reality it needs to be updated.
"In the plan written, regional hospitals should have more than 150 beds but there are only 24 beds. This is just an example of something that needs to be fixed,” she said at the MoH in Kaikoli, Dili.
She added there are other challenges with infrastructure and lack of human resources that need to be fixed at the Ministry level if programs are to be adequately implemented on the ground.
"We need to start placing human resources at the national, all the way down to the municipal level," she added.
She said also that the Ministry has also created cooperation with countries like China, Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia that will allow Timorese health professionals to further their studies in these countries.
Meanwhile, the Health Director for Ermera Municipality, Doctor HerculanoSeixas dos Santos said the review of the strategic plan is very important because this will strengthen the efforts of the whole ministry to fulfil the vision for better health for all until 2030.
He said the review process allowed national and municipal health directors and partners to discuss about the programs and how healthcare services need to be fixed and strengthened in next five years.
"The community has adequate knowledge of health now but we need to continue our efforts,” he sadi.
Doctor Santos said he has also some concerns because many communities still rely on traditional medicines and treatments rather than going to a health facility. Only when their condition deteriorates they seek professional medical health and this may be already too late.
He added efforts to improve health services delivery need to continue strengthening outreach services such as through mobile clinics, or the Integrated Community Health Service (SISCa) because most communities lived in rural areas.

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