Executive Director, Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria, Dr Mohammed Lecky, has said there was need to perfect strategies geared towards the implementation of the National Health Act, NHA.
Speaking at a symposium on the National Health Act entitled :’Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria’, organised by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research ,NIMR,, Dr Lecky said the symposium was to mark the fifth year anniversary of Ujah as the Director General of the institute.
He described the NHA as a rallying framework to achieve universal health coverage in the country.
‘’The Act is inclusive and unifies health services for the regulation, development and the management of nation health system in the country.
‘’If this Act is well implemented without corruption, it will reshape the Nigerian health landscape to the extent that all Nigerians, without any exception would be entitled to basic minimum package to health services.
‘’Healthcare will be accessible and affordable to all. Perfecting the strategies of implementing the Health Act is the only way to achieve universal health coverage in Nigeria, ‘’ he said.
Former Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital , Prof. Akin Osibogun, said that research was a vital tool in advancing medical practice in the country.
Osibogun said that the medical care being enjoyed was as a result of investigation and research into diseases of public health and the invention of treatments.
He urged NIMR to continue to contribute to the revolution of medical knowledge in Nigeria through intensified and sustainable health research.
Similarly, National President on the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr Kayode Obembe, said that stakeholders could not achieve universal health coverage without a collaborative effort.
Also, Director General of NIMR, Prof. Innocent Ujah, in his remarks, decried the poor funding and lack of sufficient capacity for health research in the country.
Ujah expressed concern that only two per cent of the annual allocation to health was expended on research.
According to him, majority of the researches in the country today are dependent on foreign grants.
‘’We call on the government to set aside a fund reserve for health researches in the country for continuous research activities in the country.
‘’This will help in keeping the country ready for emergencies like the recent Ebola outbreak and also set her on the path of progress and development as well as universal health coverage, ‘’ he said.

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