Leadership challenges: the Institute equips its members with management skills

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By Franca Ofili

The African Institute of Public Health Professionals (AIPHP) has expressed its determination to strengthen the performance of health professionals through various leadership and management skills to meet the latest global health challenge.

Prof. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, Chairman of the Board of AIPHP, said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the start of a three-day training workshop for health professionals.

Alemu said training has become imperative to equip health professionals not only in Nigeria but in other African countries with a strong mix of leadership skills, abilities and behaviors.

“Knowledgeable senior and mid-level health leaders and managers are critical to successfully directing and influencing the performance of program implementation for effective prevention of public health threats.

“It is evident that there are public health leadership/incompetence crises due to inadequate training, hence the need to develop effective public health leaders, to move the system forward.

“The limited resources available in the health sector of African countries also require effective management based on good leadership,” Alemu said.

The Registrar of the Institute, Mr. Ayodele James, said the leadership challenges in Africa’s health sector must be addressed so that they do not linger.

He said the participants should, upon completion of the training, be able to assume their leadership duties with vigor and strength.

“If you have a good leader, whatever the epidemic, including monkeypox, he will be on top of the game,” he said.

Professor Abdulraheem Ibraheem, in his presentation titled “Leading by Example: The Personal Effectiveness Required of a Good Leader”, said that leaders must always exercise good judgment to save situations.

Ibrahim listed other qualities of a good leader, including setting positive examples, caring for the well-being of others, and developing a sense of responsibility in your team members.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training workshop due to end on Thursday brought together the Ministry of Health, National Primary Healthcare, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and other stakeholders from health.

The event was organized in partnership with the World Health Organization, Pathfinder International, RAHI, International Health Consultancy in Georgia, Atlanta and Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Isaac Aregbesola

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