- VP Osinbajo says the federal government cannot adequately provide health care services for the entire Nigerian population
- Osinbajo said an effective national health insurance scheme may be the best option to develop Nigeria’s health sector
- The vice president also reeled out some achievements of the administration including improving funding for primary health care institutions and eradicating polio
The federal government cannot adequately provide health care services for the entire Nigerian population, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said.
The vice president made the comment at the national health dialogue organised by Premium Times in Abuja on Tuesday, October 15, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Osinbajo, who was represented by his chief physician, Nicolas Audiferren, said an effective national health insurance scheme may be the best option to develop Nigeria’s health sector.
He said: “It has become obvious that the government, both at the state and federal levels, cannot adequately provide health care services. That’s the simple truth.
“Our view is that an effective national health insurance scheme remains the best option for the development of our sector and for efficient health care services in this country.”
Osinbajo said the federal government is dedicated to attaining universal health coverage for all Nigerians.
He also reeled out some achievements of the administration, saying: “We were able to allocate 1% of the consolidated revenue fund towards the funding of key health initiative in compliance with National Health Act.
“Last year we also launched the patients’ bill of right, initiated renovations and improved funding for primary health care institutions. We have been able to eradicate polio.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the chairman of the Lagos Medical Guild, Dr Babajide Saheed, urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency toward revitalising the health sector.
Saheed made the call during a media briefing in Lagos. He said that 59 years after Nigeria’s independence, its health sector had deteriorated in healthcare delivery, resulting in medical tourism.
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