Written by Williams ABAH

FG to accelerate universal health coverage

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the World Universal Health Coverage Day, the federal government has advocated for speedy universal health coverage in the country.  

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known in Abuja at a press briefing to mark the World Universal Health Coverage Day.  

Adewole stated that universal health coverage is enshrined in the constitution, noting that the statutory role of government is to ensure that all citizens, irrespective of the geographical divide have access to affordable and needed health services in an equitable manner without falling into financial difficulties.  

He added that in 2005, the World Health Assembly Resolution 58:33, urged countries to develop strategies that will ensure all people have access to needed healthcare services without the risk of financial ruin at the point of accessing care or after accessing care.  

Adewole also said that Nigeria is committed to achieving UHC following a presidential declaration on UHC in 2014, just as he urged all the major stakeholders in the health sector to exhibit their talent especially as the current out of pocket expenditure has risen to as high as 73.6 percent.  

The minister further stated that consultation is ongoing to ensure consensus, and strictly adhere to the National Health Act, as was signed into law.  

According to the minister, "the National Health Act 2014 (NHAct 2014) remains a source of great encouragement for the Health Sector.  

“The National Health Act has legitimized a number of systems and mechanisms that have been operating and has mainstreamed others that required legislation for greater effectiveness”.  

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