The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has launched a 5 year National
Action Plan on Health to combat epidemics in the country. It will contribute positively to National and global health security.
Adewole said the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) will run from year
Speaking at the launching in Abuja, the Minister disclosed that Nigerians do not
have to wait to be threatened by future epidemics before they protect themselves .
“It is not a matter of if, but when a global epidemic will threaten the safety and security of the citizens. We need to be prepared to protect all Nigerians against future epidemic threats”.
“The successful implementation of the plan will contribute significantly to
the overall goal of improving national, regional and global health security”.
He however urged all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, (MDAs), Partners civil societies, Private sectors and Nigeria community to join in the implementation of NAPHS.
The World Health Organization Acting Representative in Nigeria, Dr Clement Lasuba, commended Nigeria for launching the NAPHS. He however noted that global health security is a shared responsibity .
He disclosed that the best defense against outbreaks and other crises is a strong resilient health systems that is based on people centred primary health care service .
“Nigerians should work together towards achieving global health security. As you know, keeping the world safe is one of WHO’s top priorities. Global Health security
is a shared responsibility”.
The director General NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu noted that the implementation of the National Action Plan for Health Security has been estimated to cost N134bn .
“The framing of the plan do not only have health benefit but also include social and economic benefits as well. It would involve a lot of team work in order to achieve progress”
The development and implementation of the NAPHS will provide opportunity to outline national priorities and allocate resources required to strengthen health security effectively. It will also ensure Nigeria is better positioned to implement the IHR (2005) core capacities.