By Vincess Okushi 

To improve health outcomes, the federal government has approved the adoption, design, and implementation of a domesticated, context-sensitive sector-wide approach as an innovative, holistic, and coordinated strategy for combating health challenges in the country. 

The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the 64th National Council on Health with the Theme: ‘Building a Resilient and Inclusive Healthcare System for a Healthy Nigeria’ in Ado Ekiti Ekiti State.

He said President Bola Tinubu has put in place the necessary structure and framework to effectively coordinate programs that will address the wider determinants of health, adding that these determinants of health are usually outside the direct control of the Health Sector, but expressed optimism that shifting priority will enhance UHC objectives.

We are redesigning the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), established by NHA 2014, to become more effective and efficient in driving the strategic shifts and priority initiatives that will see us moving towards accomplishing our ambitious but achievable goals and objectives

Speaking on the Sub-Themes the minister

Highlight the priorities of the sector; encourage us to take stock of our journey, putting into consideration the reality of the times; and remind us of our ultimate goal of achieving a system that ensures that all people have access to needed health services (including prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliation) of sufficient quality to be effective while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user the financial hardship

It is a measure of our commitment to equity, justice, and the dignity of every individual. Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is not a choice; it is an obligation, a promise to provide quality healthcare to all regardless of their socioeconomic status. It is the embodiment of our vision for a healthier and more prosperous nation and a strategic advantage for us as a nation

On his part, the Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji also harped on evidence-based research to accelerate progress in healthcare, adding that through research,

we can generate data to guide decision-making and enhance our understanding of health challenges

Meanwhile, Minister of State, Dr. Tunde Alausa called for a pragmatic approach to boost healthcare provision.

We must take a pragmatic approach on the way we want to respond to our current problems with Human Resources for health; according to him, “while it may be difficult to prevent the migration of individuals for greener pastures, we can respond by the increasing pool of health workers that we graduate from our institutions on annual basis

A statement by Deworit Patricia Director, Press & Public Relations 16th November, 2023, revealed that the health experts advocate the need to increase the pool of health workers to reverse the negative impact of the ‘Japa Syndrome’ currently witnessed in the country.

 

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