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WHO renews commitment to improve the health sector

Bukola Afeni

The World Health Organisation has renewed its commitment to support the health sector towards improving maternal and child health, and strengthening immunization and revitalization of Primary Healthcare system in the country

The WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Kazadi Mulombo, made the disclosure while speaking in Abuja at the presentation of the 2020 scorecard of the federal ministry of health to the public.

He said the health body has commenced key reforms through the Triple Billion Goal of the GPW13 and the CCSIII, which are clearly aligned to the NSHDPII to support Nigeria priorities of primary healthcare and health financing.

“To leverage the Polio legacy in revitalizing PHC for mothers and children, and make this work better for the people of Nigeria, we have already commenced key reforms through the Triple Billion Goal of the GPW13 and the CCSIII, which are clearly aligned to the NSHDPII to support Nigeria priorities of primary healthcare and health financing, as clear accelerators within the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for All.”

“Within our mandate, therefore, the WHO is deploying innovations in implementing unique global and country specific health observatories, that bring together big data in all aspects of the health sector to support real-time planning and evidence-based implementation. With the priority placed on Nigeria by the WHO, Nigeria has already been designated as one of the eight (8) collaborative centers in Africa and so will significantly benefit the health sector in preparing for future stock-taking exercises,” he added.

WHO, however commended the federal government on the report presentation.
“This is a good practice of accountability, transparency, and citizens engagement which are integral parts of health systems governance and stewardship towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The unveiling of the revised BHCPF Guidelines will help unlock great potentials towards financing UHC in Nigeria.”

The Executive Secretary, NPHCDA, DrFaisal Shuaib, noted that the agency is collaborating with critical stakeholders to upgrade the primary health care facilities across the country.
“We are working with several bodies and partners across the country in financing and sustaining universal health coverage.
We are working towards ensuring there is available well trained health workforce in different part of the country. During the pandemic, we trained Community Health workers across different part of the country”.
In the same vein, he noted that the burden on the primary health care system is much.
“The PHCs is meant to cater for a large number of the populace, but it is rather unfortunate that it is catering for only 20% of the population. It rather brings a heavy load on the secondary tier of the system.”

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