UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE DAY: Tinubu Unveils Health Sector Renewal Compact

UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE DAY: Tinubu Unveils Health Sector Renewal Compact

UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE DAY: Tinubu Unveils Health Sector Renewal Compact

Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has launched the Nigeria's Health Sector Renewal Compact between the Federal, the 36 States Government and Development Partners.

He unveiled the Compact while Commemorating the 2023 World Universal Health Coverage Day with the Theme: Health for All, Time for Action held recently at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate expressed appreciation to the President for placing the Health and Social well-being of Nigerians as a key part of his administration's Renewed Hope Agenda.

According to him, “good health is core to harnessing Nigeria's greatest asset, its human capital, is at the heart of our relentless efforts to ensure that all Nigerians are on the path to have access to improved quality health services and without financial hardship.”

Pate revealed that the increased allocation of the Federal Government’s budget to health and social sectors in the proposed 2024 appropriation demonstrated its unprecedented will to addressing the financial gaps that have limited Nigeria from achieving an efficient, equitable and quality health systems.

He announced that the strategic blue print anchored around Nigeria's progress in UHC is geared towards saving lives, reducing both physical and financial pain, improve population health outcomes, accountability, maternal and childbirth, governance, affordable and quality health services for all Nigerians.

The Minister stated that the sector-wide compact is a bold effort to creating opportunities for medical reforms and implementation of the National Health Act.

  He stated that by signing the Compact “we are agreeing to align our objectives with the priorities articulated in the Renewed Hope Agenda Sector Blue print pillars.

While unveiling the strategic health renewal plan, President Ahmed Tinubu announced that his admiration is committed to   revamping the Health Sector, tackling infrastructure issues and improving health care services at affordable rates.

He added that there must be collaborations between the Federal, State and Development Partners to achieve the feat.

Tinubu stated that developed countries should not only recruit medical professionals from Nigeria but also invest in the Nigerian healthcare system

Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who was accompanied by most of the Governors pledged support for the signed Compact on Universal Health Coverage.

Earlier, Minister of State, FMOH&SW, Dr Tunji Alausa stated that “the Theme for the 2023 UHC day reminds us of the urgency and necessity of our endeavours” adding that with the support of the stakeholders, commitments are translated into action and tangible improvements in healthcare delivery.

Deworitshe Patricia

D (Press & Public Relations)

13th December, 2023