#healthdialogue (LIVE UPDATES): Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria (Day 2)

The day two of the National Health Dialogue organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ, the Project for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, PACFaH, and the Project Pink Blue continues on Friday in Abuja.

The event is being held at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Central Business District Abuja.

The day one of the health dialogue was chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and hosted by the Minister for Health, Isaac Adewole.

The keynote address was also delivered by Emir of Kano and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

In today’s event, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Budget and National planning, Udo Udoma are some of the distinguished guests expected.

The dialogue has been able to bring together stakeholders in the Health and Development sectors to discuss the challenges and prospects of Universal Health Coverage, UHC, in Nigeria.

According to the organisers, since the enactment of the National Health Act in 2014, there have been several efforts targeted at providing quality and affordable health care for Nigerians in line with the goals of Universal Health Coverage. However, these goals are yet to be achieved.

“The dialogue will recommend actionable strategies for sustainable health care financing.”

PREMIUM TIMES brings you live updates of the event.

Arrival of guest and recap of yesterday’s dialogue

Panel Discussion 4: Primary Health Care Delivery at the state level; panel chaired by state health commissioners.

Commisioner for Health Niger state, Mustapha Jubril, opened the floor. He discussed the operational module of primary health care delivery at the state and federal level.

Mr. Mustapha said most funding for health care delivery was dione by partners and the ministry was more like an infractructure development centre.

“We need to correct this and we are running a one roof PHC and it brings all problems to the agency which falls under the ministry of health.

He said people should be educated to understand the concept of PHC, “Many people see it as free health service.”

Happening Now! Panel 4: Primary Health Care Delivery at the State Level

10.16am: Major topics to be discussed today: Cancer Survivorship: A critical issue in UHC; Interministerial coordination for health sector financing; Media advocacy and accountability: experiences and challenges and the way forward.

10.24am: Participants asking questions as others pay rapt attention.

10.57am: The Commissioner for Health in Nasarawa, Daniel Iya, gave a different view.

“We are trying to provide free health delivery by using UHC to achieve health insurance for the state.”

Mr. Iya said mandatory contribution will help achieve universal health care.

The health commisoner for Bauchi, Halima Mukaddas said the state government of Bauchi decentralised the ministry of health in the state which led to the creation of new boards.

“This allows autonomy and allows more focus on the running of health issues.”

Mukaddas said up to 90 per cent of PHCs in Buachi are now under one roof program.

“What is left is the salaries of the health workers.”

You can send in questions on twitter with #healthdialogue


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