2016 budget: FG orders provision for basic healthcare fund
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.