2016 bud­get: FG or­ders pro­vi­sion for ba­sic health­care fund

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili, Ojoma Akor, Zakariyya Adaramola & Judd-Leonard Okafor

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari says he has in­structed the Min­istry of Fi­nance to pro­vide for the ba­sic health­care pro­vi­sion fund un­der the 2016 Bud­get Ap­pro­pri­a­tion.

The pres­i­dent said his gov­ern­ment was also work­ing on a re­vised Na­tional Health Pol­icy that would have the achieve­ment of Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age as its main ul­ti­mate goal.

He dis­closed this at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yes­ter­day while re­ceiv­ing an of­fi­cial re­port on the delist­ing of Nige­ria as a po­lio en­demic na­tion by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO). The re­port was pre­sented by the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Re­gional Di­rec­tor for Africa, Dr Mat­shidiso Moeti.

The pres­i­dent said he had been briefed that the fact Nige­ria had not recorded any new case of po­lio virus for 14 con­sec­u­tive months was the first step to­wards cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Nige­ria as po­lio virus free coun­try by WHO in the next two years.

He said his gov­ern­ment would sus­tain the cur­rent mo­men­tum and con­tinue to re­gard the cam­paign as an emer­gency un­til the na­tion is de­clared po­lio-free in the next two years.

He said the Pres­i­den­tial Task Force on Po­lio Erad­i­ca­tion would be re­con­sti­tuted un­der the lead­er­ship of the Min­istry of Health to pro­vide po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion and over­sight with a view to avoid­ing com­pla­cency and re­lapse.

Ear­lier, Moeti had told Buhari that the WHO was plan­ning a con­fer­ence for African min­is­ters on im­mu­ni­sa­tion.

Be­sides, Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional has an­nounced a do­na­tion of $6.9mil­lion to Nige­ria to en­sure the coun­try re­mains a po­lio-free na­tion.

The an­nounce­ment came as the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion yes­ter­day in a live stream event in New York City, United States, re­moved Nige­ria from the list of po­lio-en­demic coun­tries

Be­sides, Ro­tary gave $ 40.4 mil­lion to end po­lio world­wide, an African Press Or­ga­ni­za­tion (APO) state­ment said.

Po­lio is on track to be the sec­ond hu­man dis­ease ever to elim­i­nated, af­ter small pox.

Chair­man, Ro­tary Nige­ria Na­tional Po­lio Plus Com­mit­tee, Tunji Fun­sho said in spite of its be­ing delisted, Nige­ria must re­main vig­i­lant and en­sure that all chil­dren were im­mu­nised against po­lio un­til Nige­ria is cer­ti­fied po­lio free.

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