FG tasks National network of Advocacy champions to support health financing

During a two-day workshop for the establishment of the National Network of Advocacy Champions for Adequate Health Financing (NNACAHF), in Abuja, the Minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was represented by the Director, Department of Health planning, Research and statistics (HPR&S) Dr. Akin Oyemakinde has said that the Federal Government has urged National Network of Advocacy Champions to complement its efforts towards achieving sustainable health financing of the health sector, adding that for Nigeria to achieve Universal Health Coverage, priority has to be given to the most vulnerable, considering population coverage, cost coverage and the size of health services to be offered to the people.
He has further said that with about 60 per cent of our population living below poverty line and most people living in the rural areas, it is most certain that government has a lot of burden to bear in ensuring a substantial improvement of health indices within the next 10 years.”
Adewole has informed that the Universal Health Coverage Agenda for change through Primary Health Care revitalisation offers great promise in reaching at least 100 million Nigerians with a minimum package of quality PHC services, adding that each political ward in the country would have at least one functional PHC centre.
He has stressed that the federal government is working hard towards operationalisation of the NHAct 2014 and with the recent FEC approval of the National Health Policy 2016; it would fast-track the ongoing development of the National Health Financing Policy and Strategy towards actualization of the initiative.
He has pointed out that the health sector was regarded as a social sector with a lots of public goods which yield to huge inefficiencies and amount to no much economic dividend, adding that this administration has commence the process of changing the perception by presenting health expenditure as investment that yields huge returns to Nigeria’s GDP through creation of jobs and increase in productivity.
In his remark, the former Minister of Health, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, has said that the health financing would lead to GDP growth of the economic and change the perception about the health sector. He further said that the implementation of the National Health Financing Policy would turn the health sector to investment hub in Nigeria.
In his goodwill message, West African Health Organization (WAHO) representative, Mbert Diao, has said that WAHO would continue to partner Federal Ministry of Health, members of the organization and all other partners in achieving adequate health financing in the West African region.

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