The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Wednesday while speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council in Abuja.
Mr. Adewole has said that the Federal Government has approved a new National health policy that would spell out the functions of all the tiers of government and their responsibilities in health care delivery in the country. The new policy is the third in the history of Nigeria, coming after those of 1988 and 2004.
Adewole, has said that the policy would strengthen Nigeria’s health care system as well as deliver qualitative, efficient and comprehensive health care services to Nigerian, since independence and the minister believes that this time, it would indeed touch the lives of the poor in the country. The FEC says it has also started the process of fine-tuning the economic growth and recovery plan, to be launched by the president very soon.
He has said that “The title of the policy is promoting the health of Nigerians to accelerate socio-economic development,”
He also said that the process of getting the policy to the FEC took some time. “We constituted a technical working group, chaired by former minister of health, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, to look into the country’s context, the challenges, what went wrong in the past and how we can reposition the health sector.
Mr. Adewole has said that the new policy will also provide “direction necessary to support the achievement of significant progress in terms of improving the performance of the national health system. “It also lays emphasis on primary healthcare as the bedrock of our national health system in addition to the provision of financial risk protection to all Nigerians particularly the poor and vulnerable population.

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