Federal government has again vowed to actualise health for all, even as it reiterated its commitment to achieve the Universal Health Coverage, UHC.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations in the health ministry, Boade Akinola, and sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday in Abuja.
It stated that the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, expressed optimism that the present administration would achieve Universal Health Coverage while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 58th National Council on Health.
Adewole assured that the government has made it its priority to improve health outcome by striving to achieve UHC through change agenda for health.
According to him, the agenda is geared toward improving the efficiency and responsiveness of the health system to the needs of the citizenry, it also focuses on making available the resources required for efficient service delivery.
He said the approach will increase access to healthcare services; reduce exposure of Nigerians to financial catastrophe and ensure citizens satisfaction with health services received.
He added that when the 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 strategies to implement the agenda, the minister said it includes rapid increase on the functionality of at least one primary health 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 two years; in the first year, 2016, we want to make functional 5,000 PHC and scale up by activating another 5,000 PHCs in 2017 and this sums up to 10,000 PHCs within two years.
Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, urged stakeholders in the health sector to dedicate themselves in order to achieve the Universal Health Coverage.
He said Sokoto State under his leadership has constructed functional primary health centres in 244 wards, adding that ambulance for referral system was also made available to primary healthcare centres in the state.
He also said that Sokoto had established a 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 masses, saying there is no justification for political leaders to spend billions of naira on projects that would only benefit a few people.
He also urged health commissioners to come up with strong policies that would reduce the free sale and use of drugs on the streets.
He noted that drug abuse by youths is becoming alarming and something urgent should be done to address the menace.

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