The Federal Government said it is making efforts to ensure that healthcare workers who have left the country to seek greener pastures return to contribute to the development of the health sector.
The Special Adviser to the President on Health, Dr. Salma Anas-Ibrahim made this known on Tuesday at the joint World Health Organisation stakeholders’ feedback workshop on the evaluation of the third WHO-Nigeria country cooperation strategy (2018-2022), and development of the fourth WHO-Nigeria cooperation strategy (2023-2027).
Dr. Anas-Ibrahim said the attainment of health for all programmes through an efficient and effective Universal Health Coverage system using the continuum of care model where no one is left behind as contained in the Sustainable Development Goals, is the main aim of the present administration led by President Bola Tinubu.
According to her, President Tinubu’s health sector agenda, tagged “Healthcare: A matter of right and urgency” of the APC’s ‘Renewed Hope’ mantra has an action plan for a better Nigeria.
She said the healthcare reforms policy agenda would align with the existing national health plan to improve the health fortunes of Nigerians through investment in governance and leadership, health financing, human resources, equitable, safe, quality service delivery, primary healthcare, secondary and tertiary care facilities, preventive care services, public health emergency preparedness and response, and increased partnership with non-governmental organisations.
“This government shall address the lingering nation’s health healthcare challenges including inadequate health infrastructure, fragmentation, an overburdened workforce, poor insurance coverage, high maternal mortality, inadequate preventative care, and dependence on imported medicines, commodities, equipment, and vaccines.