THE Federal Government will continue to ensure that more Nigerians have access to quality basic health care services, President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday.
He spoke while inaugurating the Model Primary Health Care Centre for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria at Kuchigoro Primary Health Centre (PHC), Abuja.
He was optimistic that the provision of quality health care service would reverse the poor health indices in the country, adding that his administration would fulfil its promises to the people.
“I am hopeful that our women will no more be dying needlessly during childbirth; our children will no more be dying needlessly as a result of vaccine preventable diseases or common ailment; access to health care will not be limited because of lack of money to pay.
“I want to assure Nigerians that government will continue to ensure that great numbers of Nigerians have access to quality basic health care services. Accordingly, the provision in the National Health Act, 2014 for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund is in the process of being implemented.
“I also assure my fellow countrymen and women that our administration will fulfill all the promises made to the people. The provision of quality health care service will reverse the poor health indices in the country.’’
Buhari maintained that the inauguration of the health centre signalled the start of revitalisation of the first 109 Primary Health Care facilities across the 36 states and the FCT.
According to him, the vision of his administration is to revitalise 10,000 Primary Health Care Facilities in Nigeria using a phased approach.
“Our administration in recognition of this promised to revitalise one Primary Health Care Centre in each of the political wards in the country.
“So far, we have commenced the revitalisation of one Primary Health Care in each senatorial zone in the country. Our vision is to revitalise 10,000 Primary Health Care facilities in Nigeria using a phased approach.
“The first phase of this approach is what we are flagging off today. It will signal the revitalisation of the first 109 Primary Health Care facilities across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The President, who hailed the Minister of Health and his team for ensuring the flag-off of the programme, challenged governors on the need to make revitalisation of Primary Health Care Centres a vital part of their agenda.
The President thanked nation’s development partners, especially the United States (U.S.) Government, the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and Department for International Development (DFID) for supporting the health sector in providing quality health service to Nigerians.
He also thanked the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Sterling Bank and General Electric for the renovation and provision of the necessary equipment, including an ambulance at Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre.
He said his administration, on its part, would continue to promote the welfare of all in the health sector.
Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole announced that his ministry has developed the third National Health Policy under the guidance and support of a former Minister of Health, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo
He said the ministry also developed Guidelines for the utilisation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund to ensure transparency and accountability in the country’s health sector.
The highlight of the event was the naming of a baby girl after the wife of the President, Aisha, by the Kuchigoro community. (The Nation)