Under the provisions of the Health Sector Reform Law 2006, the Ministry of Health is responsible for the following functions:
Regulatory functions, including quality assurance (setting of standards for personnel, infrastructure and services for registration of both public and private health institutions operating in the State), monitoring and evaluation.
Development and implementation of strategies for Health Sector Reform, including promotion of public-private partnership in health.
Development of capacity for generation and utilization of evidence-based data and information for health policy, strategy and plan development/implementation (Health Management Information System).
Health manpower development (medical, nursing and allied training institutions) and planning including enhancement of human resource, administrative and financial management capacity of health and health-related professionals.
Primary Health Care including:
Strengthening of capacity of local governments to manage health programs and plans
Strengthening of programs and initiatives for monitoring/control/elimination/ eradication of specific preventable diseases (malaria; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; Vaccine Preventable Diseases e.g. measles, tetanus, poliomyelitis)
Improvement of access to reproductive/sexual health services and information including Family Planning
Encouragement and facilitation of ownership, responsibility and accountability of health programs, plans and actions at the community level
Rural Health Program
Protective health and nutrition, including food control standards
Supervision and control of all Health facilities in the State in order to ensure a minimum standard in all public and private health facilities
Supervision and control of all Hospital Governing Boards and Government Health Bodies and Agencies
Approval of regulations and subsidiary legislation
Approval of long-term plans and variations of such plans
Development of management, financial guidelines and performance standards for internal control of public hospitals
Developing performance standards for internal control of Public Hospitals
Policy approval of rate and scale of charges for services rendered to the public by the Hospital Governing Boards
Recommendation for capital and operating budgets for Hospitals Governing Boards (which includes recommendation for major adjustments, increase in salaries, allowances and fringe benefits for hospital employees)
Elevating the quality of health practice in the professional disciplines through the advancement of appropriate standards and research priorities
Collation and analysis of monthly medical statistical data (attendance, morbidity, mortality and utilization of services) from Hospital Governing Boards
Obtaining annual audited accounts of hospitals and Hospital Governing Boards within three months after the end of preceding financial year
Co-ordination and integration of the various hospital services at all levels in the State to ensure they conform with the State health policies and programs
Maximizing the effective use of resources within the health sector in the State.
Industrial and Occupational Health.
Staff Clinic and pre-employment health screening.
Design and implement community and school-based Information, Education and Communication (IEC) packages on the promotion of healthy lifestyles, prevention of common infectious and non-communicable diseases, and consumers’ knowledge and awareness of their right to quality care and personal obligation to better health.
Monitor and control trends of diseases (communicable and non-communicable) at the community and State levels.
Institutionalize an operational system to facilitate early/timely detection, diagnosis and response to epidemics, emergencies and disasters at the State and community levels (Emergency Preparedness).
Design and implement facility development program.
Medical and Hospital Services
Establish a sustainable drug management system, promote essential drug policy and discourage use of counterfeit, spurious and substandard drugs including institutionalization of a drug quality assurance across the entire drug chain.
Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry to conduct health surveys and research, including development, updating and enforcement of protocol for conduct of health surveys and research by researchers.
Integration of traditional medicine, based on proven efficacy, into the State’s health care system at both community and provincial levels
Liaise with the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders on policy formulation and implementation.
Establish a forum for effective donor interaction and coordination.