Nigeria restates commitment to universal health coverage

Gloria Essien, Abuja

Nigeria has reaffirmed its commitment towards achieving a universal healthcare coverage.

The Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said this during a Road Show Sensitisation Campaign to mark World Universal Healthcare Coverage Day at Kuchigoro Community in Abuja.

The Minister who was represented by the Director, Hospital Services, Dr. Wapada Balami, noted that the Road Show sensitisation Campaign which took place in Kuchigoro was as a result of the Federal Government’s commitment towards revitalising and making functional one primary healthcare (PHC) facility per ward in Nigeria, which would culminate into 10,000 facilities in order to provide quality healthcare services at affordable cost.

He said that PHC Kuchigoro could provide the people with easier access to drugs and other health commodities, saying that the facility could offer maternal care services to pregnant women and enable the people access regular medical checkups.

Professor Adewole further solicited the support of the Community leader and the people to ensure the sustainability of the PHC.

The Community Leader of Kuchigoro, Alh. Ibrahim Wambi, gave the assurance that the community would work with the Federal Ministry of Health to achieve its Universal Healthcare Coverage Agenda in the Health Sector for better Health delivery.

He appreciated government’s effort in revitalising the primary Healthcare Centre in the Community and pledged that the people would safeguard the facility.