The newly appointed minister of health, Professor Issac Folorunsho Adewole has promised that the ministry, under his leadership, would work towards rejuvenating the health sector.
Adewole made this known at the briefing for the in-coming ministers of health convened by the new permanent secretary, Dr. Amina Shamaki.
“We need to work together in the ministry to make it. I am not unmindful of the large pool of discontent, both inter and intra professionally, but we need to work together.
“I believe that one person is more important than any of us, the Nigerian citizen either as a healthy person or a sick person,” the newly appointed health minister stated, adding that, “the onus is on us to bring back the health care structure we enjoyed when we were young so that the next generation can enjoy something better.”
Adewole said this could be achieved through structuring the primary and secondary healthcare, as the ministry will focus on these areas to return confidence in the public health sector.
“We will reduce medical tourism and make the Nigerian healthcare better in other to attract people from other countries to Nigeria,” he promised.
In like manner, the minister of state for health, Dr. Osagie Eharire promised that the ministry would bring change through better services from the ministry to the grassroots and from basic primary health care to medical tourism for the country.
Earlier, the new permanent secretary, Dr. Amina Shamaki during her inauguration at the ministry, advocated a shift from tertiary and focus on primary and secondary health care to arrest Nigeria’s ugly health care indicators.
Shamaki said although the primary responsibility of the federal government was tertiary healthcare- university teaching hospitals and federal medical centres – it was time to redirect attention.
“We are responsible for the health of the nation. We have to find a way of working with the state and local governments to improve secondary and primary health care indicators in the country,” she said.

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