Federal Government has again vowed to actualise health for all, as it reiterated its commitment to achieve the Universal Health coverage for all.
This was contained in a press release signed Boade Akinola, Director Press and Public Relations of the ministry and sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday in Abuja.
It stated that the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has expressed government’s optimism that the present administration would achieve Universal Health Coverage, Thursday in Sokoto while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 58th National Council on Health.
Adewole assured that the government has made it one of its priorities to improve health outcome by striving to achieve Universal Health Coverage, UHC, through change agenda for health.
According to the minister, the agenda is geared toward improving the efficiency and responsiveness of health system to the needs of the citizenry; it also focuses on making available the resources required for efficient service delivery.
He said that the approach will increase access to health care services; reduce exposure of Nigerians citizens to financial catastrophe and to ensure citizen’s satisfactions with health service received.
He added that when Universal Health Coverage is fully functional and attained, it would improve health indicators, efficiency of health system, sustained economic development, increase social harmony and political stability and reduction in poverty and inequality.
Speaking on the strategies to implement the agenda, the Minister said, “To rapidly increase the functionality of at least one Primary Health Care, PHC facility per ward in Nigeria, scaling up to 10,000 functional PHC facilities within two years.
“To achieve this stride, we have proposed a phased approach over the next 2 years; in the first year 2016, we want to make functional 5,000 PHC and scale up by activating another 5,000 PHCs in the next year 2017 and this sum up to 10,000 PHCs within 2 years.”
Responding, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal urged the stakeholders in the health sector to dedicate themselves in pursuance of the Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.
He said that Sokoto State under his leadership has constructed functional Primary Health Centres, in the 244 wards in the state, adding that ambulance for referral system has also been made available to the Primary Healthcare Centres in the state.
He also said that the state had established State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, SPHCDA.
Also speaking at the Occasion, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, called on politicians to always execute projects that have direct impact on the common people, he said there is no justification for political leaders to spend billions of Naira on projects that would only benefit the few people in the state.
He also urged the Commissioners to come up with strong policy that would reduce free sales and use of drugs on the streets. He noted that abused of drugs by youth is alarming and something urgent should be done to address the menace.