By Kazeem Ayodeji
The Federal Government has approved the implementation of sector-wide strategies aimed at enhancing the healthcare systems across the country.
The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Ali Pate, who announced this in Ado Ekiti at the 64th National Council on Health with the theme: “Building a Resilient and Inclusive Healthcare System for a Healthy Nigeria,” highlighted President Bola Tinubu’s efforts to transform the health sector.
He said the President’s commitment has paved the way for opportunities and established essential structures for effectively coordinating endeavours to address broader health determinants.
Professor Pate emphasized the imperative to tackle health sector deficits, prompting key figures such as state governors, commissioners, and development partners to discuss strategic measures to reshape Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system.
The Minister underscored the complexity of the healthcare ecosystem, stressing the need for innovation and coordination across the spectrum so as to foster an environment where healthcare providers collaborate to share resources, data, and knowledge.
He also stressed the necessity for governments at all levels to formulate and enforce policies prioritizing health and well-being, adding that there is the need for inclusion of both public and private sectors to ensure effective service delivery.
In his contributions, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adetunji Alausa, urged states to build on Federal efforts by allocating more funds to the sector to facilitate the collective achievement of the Universal Health Coverage scheme.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, called on stakeholders to deliver a robust, resilient, and inclusive healthcare system that would guarantee adequate access to quality health services without financial constraints for every citizen.
The Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, on his part emphasized the significance of the 64th National Council on Health and highlighted various achievements by the state government in the health sector.