Saraki: Why our health­care sys­tem can’t work

Weekly Trust - - News - Is­mail Mu­dashir

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki has said that for Nigeria to pro­vide univer­sal health­care for all its cit­i­zens, its cur­rent dis­jointed health­care set-up must be ur­gently re­viewed. He spoke when the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Pri­mary Health­care De­vel­op­ment Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, briefed the lead­er­ship of the se­nate on the Com­mu­nity Health In­flu­encers, Pro­mot­ers and ser­vice providers (CHIPS) - a pro­gramme of the agency.

“I was a gov­er­nor in my state for eight years and I have prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. If we have th­ese pock­ets of projects scat­tered across dif­fer­ent pro­grams in the health­care sec­tor we will not achieve what we are meant to achieve. We must have some­thing that is sus­tain­able - some­thing that we are sure will al­ways be main­tained, al­ways have pro­vi­sions for hu­man re­sources and al­ways have ad­e­quate fund­ing. This must be a holis­tic ap­proach,” Saraki was quoted in a state­ment by his Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Print Me­dia, Chuks Okocha.

He chal­lenged all agen­cies un­der the Fed­eral Min­istry of Health to de­vise a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme that in­te­grates all ex­ist­ing health­care ones in the coun­try un­der one um­brella for bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion and fund­ing. He said the Na­tional As­sem­bly would en­sure that the health sec­tor gets one per­cent of the Con­sol­i­dated Rev­enue Fund (CRF) for health­care.

Dr. Shuaib com­mended the se­nate pres­i­dent for his lead­er­ship in en­sur­ing that the con­sol­i­dated rev­enue fund is ap­pro­pri­ated for pri­mary health­care in the 2018 bud­get.

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