FG Launches Programme To Achieve UHC

Nigeria’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has launched the National Investment Initiative, a major step toward improving healthcare accessible and achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Professor Ali Pate, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Development, on December 12, 2023, in Abuja, declared that the Federal and State governments, as well as development partners, will shortly sign a contract.

Pate emphasised the commitment of President Bola Tinubu’s administration to delivering equitable and optimal health outcomes.

The Nigeria Health Sector Renewal Investment Initiative (NHSRII) encompasses the Basic Healthcare Provision SWAp and the Nigerian healthcare industrialisation program, designed to address poor population health outcomes and geospatial disparities.

The NHSRII will leverage the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) through a transformative, sector-wide approach program in collaboration with state governments and development partners.

The initiative aims to train additional healthcare professionals and establish over 17,000 functional public Primary Healthcare Centres, aligning with the National Health Act’s objectives.

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency’s (NPHCDA) Executive Director, Dr. Muyi Aina, emphasized that bolstering primary healthcare is a critical step in creating a sustainable healthcare system.

In order to ensure that all Nigerians have access to high-quality healthcare without facing financial hardship, he emphasized the agency’s commitment to achieve UHC.

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