FG calls States, Local Governments to play active role in healthcare delivery

Ag. Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Emmanuel Odu and the Representative of the Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. Evelyn Ngige, (Director Public Health FMOH) during 2nd Annual Primary Healthcare Service Lecture in Abuja.

ABUJA (Health Ministry’ Report)– The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on States and Local Governments Authorities to invest in the healthcare delivery system in the country.

The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole made the call while declaring open the 2nd Annual Primary Healthcare Service Lecture recently in Abuja.

The 2nd Primary Healthcare Annual Lecture was organized by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) for stakeholders in the health sector to discuss sustainable financing of Primary Healthcare Centres.

The Minister who was represented by Director Public Health in the Ministry, Dr. Evelyn Ngige, expressed happiness that the lecture was one of the strategies to reposition the Ministry’s efforts towards achieving Universal Health Coverage, adding that the flagship of the health agenda was revitalization of Primary Healthcare system in the country.

According to him, “The Present administration would want to be remembered for its role in making basic health care services qualitative, accessible and affordable to all Nigerians.”

The Minister assured that the Federal Ministry of Health would continue to support innovative programmes and ideas aimed at increasing health financing.

However, the Minister called for increase in the budgetary allocation to the health sector to ensure equitable delivery of healthcare services. He urged the State and local Governments Authorities to partner with the Federal Government in revitalizing the Primary Healthcare Centres.