In furtherance to President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda and passion for improving the wellbeing of Nigerians and the health sector, the National Assembly has flagged off a retreat for the principal officers of health committees in Abuja.
The initiative is aimed at improving the health care sector, especially the primary health care centres across the nation with the collaboration and cooperation of members of the health committees.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, commended both chambers of the legislature for the initiative, as according to him, ‘’the event is the first of its kind and a good step in the right direction for the Federal Ministry of Health and its Agencies.
He expressed dismay at the rather slow pace of development in the health system. This, he said, was evident in the appalling health indices.
In view of this, Dr. Ehanire the guidelines guiding the health sector: the National Health Act, National Health Policy and National Strategic Health Development Plan 11 (NSHDP11) have been put in place.
The goal of the policy, he explained, is to strengthen the Nigerian fragile healthcare system and the deplorable condition in, especially, the Primary Health Care (PHC) sub-system, for effective, efficient, equitable, accessible, affordable, acceptable health care service delivery for citizens.