Stakeholders meet on National Health Policy
Stakeholders in the health Sector have met in Abuja to produce new National Health Policy that would accommodate the present health challenges in the country.
In his remarked at the gathering, the Hon. Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was not present at the event but spoke through Skype, said that the present administration remained resolute to ensuring that qualitative healthcare delivery system was delivered to all Nigerians.
The minister said, because of the political commitment by all levels of government to achieve the Universal Health Coverage, it has become imperative to come up with a comprehensive brand new National Health Policy that will spelt out the functions and responsibilities of all levels of government.
Adewole explained that the purpose of the meeting was to engaged all health stakeholders with respect to National Health Policy 2016, the vision of the policy was to faithfully implement the Universal Health Coverage to all Nigerians and the mission is to provide stakeholders in health sector with a comprehensive framework for harnessing all measures and resources toward achieving Universal Health Coverage.
“The overall policy goal is to strengthen the Nigerian Health System particularly the Primary Health Care to deliver effective, efficient accessible, acceptable affordable and comprehensible healthcare service to all Nigerians” he added.
He further noted that the document would be presented to Emergency National Council on Health meeting where the agenda would be agreed upon before presenting it to the Federal Executive Council.
“It would not be business as usual; we would work together with dedicated staff of the Federal Ministry of Health and our committed Development Partners to deliver health to people. We would operate under a new climate to ensure that transparency and accountability are our watch word, I also want to assure Development Partners that every Naira given to us would be accounted for and would be judiciously use to implement the health agenda of this country”. He assured.
In her remarked, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Amina Shamaki said that the rationale behind the New National Health Policy was to reflect the new realities and trends in the health sector towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman Technical Working Group, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo said that the National Health Policy when completed would be one of the comprehensive health document that has legal framework for implementation.
It should be recalled that in 1988, the Federal Ministry of Health launched first National Health Policy and was review in 2004.
The meeting was attended by all Health Commissioners from 36 States and Abuja, all Health Development Partners, Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Dr. lanre Tejousho, Chairman Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases Hon. Moa Ohuabunwa and Deputy Chairman House Committee on Health Hon. Umar Muhammed Jega.
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