Human Resource Management

The Human Resources Management Department in the Ministry of Health is a service department in charge of general administration, personnel training and Welfare of Staff in the Ministry and it is the department that liaises with other establishments.

Ministry of Health has 8 Departments apart from the Office of the Honourable Commissioner and Permanent Secretary. Each Department is headed by a Director.
Ministry of Health Organogram.The Human Resources Management Department is in charge of the following:

  1. Processing of incoming and outgoing correspondence (letters, documents and files)
  2. Opening of files and safe keeping of files
  3. Updating of Records of Service of staffs
  4. Preparation of Nominal roll
  5. Leave matters
  6. Retirement matters
  7. Conversion/Upgrading matters
  8. NYSC matters
  9. Industrial attachment matters
  10. National Housing Fund Scheme
  11. Temporary Staff
  12. Staff discipline
  13. Any other duties assigned by the Honourable Commissioner and Permanent Secretary.

Finance & Supply Departments

The Finance and Accounts department is a service department that is responsible for receiving and disbursement of the money that accrues to the Ministry. The department stands as the only section that links with other section of the Ministry because of its nature. The Finance and Accounts department also provides professional financial management and services for The Ministry, Supply provides competent, effective and efficient materials management and contract services to meet the needs of the Ministry.

Planning Research & Statitics

The Department of Planning, Research and Statistics is responsible for the planning and development of strategies for the effective implementation of the State’s Health policy and Plan. It is also responsible for the collection, collation, analysis, reporting and storage of Medical Statistics for the State.

Within the purview of the department is the development of annual budgets for efficient performance of the Ministry, conduct of research studies on health activities in the State, monitoring of activities in respect of set targets, preparation of quarterly and yearly reports and identification of training

Pharmaceutical Services Department

The Department of Pharmaceutical Services of the Ministry of Health is the pivot on which the State free Health programme revolves since the success of Health care delivery system depends on the availability of Drugs and dressings.
The department is saddled with the responsibility of making Drugs and dressings available for Health care delivery in all public health Institutions in the State.
It also touches on such other aspects as Pharmaceutical inspection and monitoring, eradication of counterfeit, fake and unwholesome drugs, closure of illegal Pharmaceutical premises, drug abuse control and Herbal research and development.

Primary Health Care

The Department of Medical Services provides routine and urgent medical care, travel medicine, immunizations, and all other health services, reproductive and gynaecological services and also responsible for the curative aspect of the health services in the State. The curative medical services are rendered mainly in the secondary health institutions.

Public Health Department

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS
The Department has five Divisions namely

A.   Epidemiology B. Disease Control C. Occupational Health & Safety D. HIV/AIDS/STI and E. Public Health Laboratory

The broad functions include

  • Implementation of Public Health activities in the State
  •  Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response
  • Epidemic Control and Containment
  • Coordinating training of Community/Health Personnel
  •  Commemoration of health events (World Health Day, World AIDS Day etc)
  • Organization of health campaigns, disease(s) eradication etc
  •  Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Health activities
  • Issuance of International Travellers’ Vaccination Certificates/Yellow Cards
  • Neglected Tropical and Non-Communicable Diseases Control

A.  EPIDEMIOLOGY DIVISION

Epidemiology provides an understanding of the causes and patterns of health conditions and illnesses. The data so generated from this understanding is used for planning the health services, prevention, control and treatment of disease.

It deals holistically to reduce or eliminate any health related event that affects man. The services include preventive (which cuts across all age groups), therapeutic and health maintenance and promotion activities, public enlightenment campaign, active case search, laboratory services, health planning etc.

Any occurrence that affects human beings health-wise come under the purview of epidemiology for the alleviation of the disease conditions. This is the practice by modern Public Health Experts worldwide.

B.  DISEASE CONTROL DIVISION

consists of Malaria Elimination Programme; Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer  Control Programme;  Tuberculosis and Leprosy Referral Hospital, Igbogene;

Non-Communicable Diseases Programme and Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme respectively.

i  STATE MALARIA ELIMINATION PROGRAMME (SMEP)

The State Malaria Elimination Programme is concerned with the strategic planning,

co-ordination, implementation and evaluation of malaria-related activities in the State.

STRATEGIES

Strategies include integrated vector management, malaria case management, procurement and supply of malaria commodities, advocacy, social mobilization and surveillance, monitoring and evaluation.

SMEP is headed by a Programme Manager (PM), assisted by the Deputy Programme Manager (DPM). Other officers include the Integrated Vector Management (IVM) Officer, Data Manager, Malaria M & E Officer, State Microscopist, Malaria Sentinel Site Microscopist and a Logistic Officer.

ii  STATE TUBERCULOSIS, LEPROSY AND BURULI ULCER CONTROL PROGRAMME

Her goals and objectives are similar to those of the National Tuberculosis Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer (NTBLBU) Control Programme which is saddled with the mandate/responsibility of controlling Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer in Nigeria.

State Tuberculosis Leprosy Control Officer’s responsibilities include Management of all Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control activities at the State and Local Government Area Levels.

Long term Goal

To reduce significantly the burden, socio-economic important and transmission of TB, Leprosy and BU in Nigeria in line with MDG and stop TB Partnership target.

General Objective

  • To reduce the prevalence of TB, Leprosy and BU to a level which they no longer constitute Public health problem in Nigeria.
  • To prevent and reduce to impairment associated with Leprosy and BU.

Strategies

  • Early case finding and proper management.
  • Comprehensive management of the long term physical and socio-economic effect of the three diseases.
  • Integration of TBL and BU services into general health services
  • Promoting public/private partnership.
  • Behavioural change communication.
  • Ensure functional commodities management system.
  • Human resources development.
  • The State Team comprises STBLCO, State Laboratory/Quality Assurance Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (M&E), Logistics Officer and DR-TB Focal Person.

Director Public Health supervises the State Team.

Program activities are funded by Global Fund through Sub Recipients: IHVN, GLRA etc.

The STBLCP collaborates with NGOs/Partners like Family Health International (FHI360), Bayelsa State HIV and AIDS Control Agency (BYSACA), Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and others.

iii  NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES (NTDs) PROGRAMME

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are communicable diseases linked with poverty and prevalent in areas with poor sanitation, inadequate safe water supply and substandard housing conditions. They are estimated to affect over one billion people in the world, majority of whom are in developing countries.

These diseases include Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH), Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), Guinea Worm Disease (GWD), Leishmaniasis, Leprosy, Buruli Ulcer (BU), Dengue Fever, Rabies among others. These NTDs have been confirmed to be endemic in Bayelsa State except Guinea Worm that is eradicated.

NTDs debilitate, blind or maim, permanently curtailing human potentials and impairing economic growth. They also impair childhood growth, intellectual development, and educational outcomes thereby limiting national productivity.

Situation assessments have revealed that most of the NTDs targeted for control, elimination and eradication exhibit a high degree of geographical and social overlap. Evidence has shown that integration of interventions for the control of some of these diseases is technically feasible and cost effective. The control, elimination and eradication of the NTDs will be a major contribution to poverty alleviation and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Bayelsa State Ministry of Health has established structures to control, eliminate and eradicate these neglected diseases in an integrated, cost-effective manner in collaboration with Development Partners and in line with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and relevant World Health Organization (WHO) Resolutions and Declarations.

CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMME 

The effects of the increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather and climatic events on the total well being of our people cannot be overemphasized. Climate Change Programme is designed not only for the safety of lives and property but also for planning of socio-economic activities relevant to promoting sustainable development in the health sector.

C.   OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY DIVISION

Occupational Health is the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of Physical, Mental and Social well being of workers in all places of occupations and places of employment

(WHO-ILO, 1953).

Occupational Health is the identification and control of risks arising from Physical, Chemical and other hazards etc. These hazards may include Chemical, Physical, Mechanical, Biological and Psychological hazards.

The goal is to maintain and promote Public Health in the Work Environment.

The Division is made up of the following Units

  • Pest/Vector Control Unit: To Control Pest within Business Premises.
  • Inspectorate Unit: To Regulate Activities of Food Vendors and Health Facilities.
  • Port-Health/International Health Services Unit: Protecting and Promoting Health of Persons on International Visits.
  • Legal Unit: To Prosecute Defaulters on Public Health Laws.
  • Ad-hoc Duties: Training Students on Industrial Training (IT) Program.

D.  STATE HIV/AIDS /STI CONTROL PROGRAMME (SASCP)

SASCP is a Policy formulation of the Federal Ministry of Health.

CORE FUNCTIONS

  • Plan and coordinate activities of the health sector in the State response to HIV/AIDS
  • Facilitate the engagement of the Local Government Areas and all sectors of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support
  • Formulate, adopt and adapt policies and guidelines on HIV/AIDS
  • Support HIV/AIDS research in the State
  • Monitor and Evaluate all health sector HIV/AIDS activities in the State
  • Facilitate the development and management of the policies and strategies of the health sector to ensure the human, financial and organizational resources to support the successful execution of the State HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan
  • Coordinate the activities of Donor Organisations; Line Ministries, NGOs and other Partners in Bayelsa State for an effective health sector HIV/AIDS response

COLLABORATIONS

The Division works closely with the State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (BYSACA) and other Donor Implementing Partners including:

  • Family Health International 360 (FHI360) – Lead Partner in the State
  • Pact Promot II – Chevron Sponsored
  • Education Community Empowerment Welfare Scheme (ECEWS) who are implementing the Global Fund Project
  • SOML P4R Programme of the Ministry of Health

 E. PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY

 The State Public Health laboratory (SPHL) is the ‘Health Watch’ of Ministry of Health.

 It operates as a first line of defence to protect the public against disease and health hazards. It provides diagnostic services for the assessment and surveillance of infectious and communicable diseases.

The Division (SPHL) has five units namely;

  • Haematology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Water and Food Analysis.

CORE FUNCTIONS

  • Disease prevention, control and surveillance
  • Integrated Data Management
  • Reference and Specialized Testing
  • Food Safety
  • Laboratory improvement and regulation
  • Training and Education
  • Environmental Health and Protection
  • Partnership and communication
  • Policy Development
  • Public health preparedness and  response

Nursing Services

The Department of Nursing Services is a professional supervisory department responsible for planning of effective and efficient nursing services and training in Bayelsa State. It also represents the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in Bayelsa State through the Bayelsa State Nursing and Midwifery Committee.

The Department co-ordinates Nursing Services in the State through quarterly meetings of Nurse Managers in the state and local Government Health institutions to deliberate on issues affecting Nursing practice and proffer solutions to them.

It also co-ordinates Nursing Services in the State through quarterly meetings of the Bayelsa State Nursing and Midwifery Committee. This committee is charged with the responsibility of maintaining standard in Nursing education, practice, training and research. The committee is a statutory body of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in Bayelsa State which conducts pre-accreditation visits, inspection of training institutions, public, private hospitals, verification of Nursing License and investigation of professional malpractices, implementation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria’s (Nursing Regulatory body) policies and activities in the state.

The Department supervises the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery Council regulations. Consultancy in all matters of Nursing in the State.

Primary Healthcare

Primary Health care is a Basic strategy towards National Health Development and the provision of services to reach the rural areas in Bayelsa State.
It has four divisions:

  • National Programme on Immunization (NPI): Takes care of immunization services.
  • Reproductive Health: Maternal and child health services spreading from neonatal through adolescence to pregnancy and birth.
  • Nutrition: Monitoring and raising the nutritional status of women and children including micronutrient deficiency.
  • Health Promotion and Education: Creating awareness for health programmes through locally customised techniques.