FG restates commitment to universal health coverage

FG restates commitment to universal health coverage

By Ikenna Osuoha, Abuja.

 

The Federal Government has restated its commitment to achieving Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.

 

The  Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, conveyed the commitment in Abuja on Friday at a symposium on repositioning the healthcare sector, organised by Healthcare Transformation Coalition (HTC).

 

He described healthcare as a critical component in human capital development, which must be given priority attention.

 

The minister, who lauded the Federal Government for improving the healthcare of Nigerians, said that the symposium would offer the country the opportunity to explore areas of improvement.

 

Ehanire said that the objective of government was to build health coverage for no fewer than 90 per cent of the nation’s population.

 

He said that the provision of quality health financing mechanism and continuous improvement to healthcare, particularly in the rural areas, were also the government’s priority.

 

Dr Jide Idris, a former Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, said that it was time to close the gaps inherent in Nigeria’s healthcare delivery.

 

Idris, who was commended for former Gov. Bola Tinubu’s achievements in the health sector of Lagos State, said that innovations and ideas were required to engender rapid health development in Nigeria.

 

The Universal Health Coverage (UHC) seeks to ensure that people have access to quality healthcare without much financial strains.

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