The Minister of State for Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the Federal Government is commited to Nigerians having access to quality Universal Health Coverage, (UHC) without suffering financial hardship.
Dr. Ehanire made this known today at the commemoration of the 5th World Universal Health Coverage day in Abuja.
He affirmed the President’s commitment to ensure funding for basic minimum package of health for all Nigerians.
The Federal government has approved the 2018 appropriation fund of N55 billion
and also the full release of N9.7 billion naira budget to ensure polio elimination in Nigeria.
In the same vein, he said Nigerians will now have access to quality Universal Health Care Coverage.
“Based on the cardinal objectives of Buhari’s led administration, we will ensure quality services are available to all citizens. As partners in this global initiative, we are united in the desire to advance the benefit of Universal Health coverage by ensuring that every citizen regardless of social or other status has access to equitable, affordable, quality health care service, without suffering “.
Dr. Ehanire noted that efforts are currently ongoing to kick-start the implementation of the first phase of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund in Abia, Niger, Osun,
Kastina, Yobe, Edo and FCT .
While noting that other states shall commence implementation as soon as they meet the start-up criteria.
“Detailed plans has been made to ensure efficiency, accountability, and transparency in the operation of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.
He also noted that the Federal Ministry of Health is working on a universal medical
emergency service and ambulance scheme to ensure free and immediate emergency treatment to all victims of accident .
“We urge all state government to speed up the renovation and staffing of at least one General Hospital in every local government area. An efficient referral system ensures patients can reach the centre, or be transferred to a General Hospital in a timely manner”.