In­crease health fund­ing to at­tain SDGs, says ex-min­is­ter

Daily Trust - - NEWS/HEALTH - By Ele Ifa

A for­mer min­is­ter of health, Pro­fes­sor Ey­i­tayo Lambo, has en­joined the fed­eral govern­ment to in­crease bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to at­tain the Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age (UHC) and health tar­gets of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Lambo made the re­mark in Abuja at the 2016 An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing and Sci­en­tific Con­fer­ence of the Nige­rian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (NMA), Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) chap­ter.

He said, “It is a great dis­ap­point­ment that we have been able to achieve less than seven per­cent health in­surance cov­er­age of the pop­u­la­tion 11 years af­ter the launch of the for­mal sec­tor pro­gramme of the Na­tional Health In­surance Scheme (NHIS).

He listed some of the re­quire­ments for the at­tain­ment of Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age as a wellde­signed and func­tion­ing health sys­tem; a broad, re­li­able and sus­tain­able health fi­nanc­ing sys­tem that as­sures suf­fi­cient fi­nan­cial re­sources for health; ex­ten­sive risk-pool­ing of avail­able fund­ing for health; and ef­fi­cient use of pooled funds in par­tic­u­lar through strate­gic pur­chas­ing.

The out­go­ing chair­man of the NMA-FCT, Dr. Fa­tima Zara Mairami, said the award they pre­sented to Dr Lambo was in recog­ni­tion of his ster­ling qual­i­ties and in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the Nige­rian health space.

From left: Habiba Ba­lo­gun, HBC Coach­ing & Men­tor­ing Lead, Dr. Nnenna Ihe­bu­zor, Di­rec­tor, Pri­mary Health­care Sys­tems De­vel­op­ment, Na­tional Pri­mary Health­care De­vel­op­ment Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Kelechi Ohiri, CEO, Health Strat­egy & de­liv­ery foun­da­tion and HLA Ad­vi­sory Board Mem­ber, Prof Kelvin Schul­man and Prof Will Mitchel, both of Duke Univer­sity, at the launch of Lead­er­ship En­hance­ment and Ac­count­abil­ity for the Pub­lic sec­tor (LEAPS) in Abuja re­cently.

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