Dr. Oyebanji Filani, the Chairman of the Forum of Health Commissioners in Nigeria, has announced a significant upcoming event in the healthcare sector. The 64th National Council on Health, themed ‘Building a Resilient and Inclusive Healthcare System for a Healthy Nigeria’, is scheduled to take place next week in Ekiti State. This summit will bring together key stakeholders, including the Minister of Health, Professor Ali Pate; the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa; health commissioners from all 36 states, researchers, drug manufacturing companies, international development agencies, and other health and medical experts.
The primary focus of the summit will be to review the current state of Nigeria’s healthcare system and to explore ways to achieve universal health coverage. Dr Filani, who is also the Commissioner for Health in Ekiti State, emphasized the importance of discussing issues such as increasing budgetary allocation to the health sector and formulating inclusive policies to enhance the quality and affordability of healthcare for citizens.
The Council meets annually to address critical health issues, review progress, and make decisions that influence the direction of healthcare in Nigeria. Dr. Filani expressed optimism that the summit would significantly contribute to improving the country’s healthcare system.
At Yohaig NG, we view the upcoming 64th National Council on Health as a crucial platform for addressing the myriad challenges facing Nigeria’s healthcare system. The theme of building a resilient and inclusive healthcare system is timely, given the global health crises and the unique challenges within Nigeria.
The summit’s focus on universal health coverage is particularly commendable. Access to quality healthcare is a fundamental right, and achieving this requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders. The discussion on increasing the health sector’s budgetary allocation is a step in the right direction, as adequate funding is essential for improving healthcare infrastructure, research, and services.
We also appreciate the emphasis on inclusive policy formulation. A healthcare system that caters to all segments of society, including the most vulnerable, is vital for a healthy and productive nation. This summit presents an opportunity for stakeholders to collaborate, share insights, and develop strategies that can transform Nigeria’s healthcare landscape.
We hope that the resolutions and strategies developed at the summit will be effectively implemented. The health of a nation is the wealth of a nation, and a robust healthcare system is the backbone of a prosperous society.
Did You Know?
- Ekiti State, hosting the summit, is known for its commitment to improving healthcare, with various initiatives aimed at enhancing health services.
- Universal Health Coverage means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.
- Nigeria’s Healthcare System faces challenges like inadequate infrastructure, shortage of medical personnel, and limited access to essential medicines.
- Healthcare Financing in Nigeria is a critical issue, with out-of-pocket payments constituting a significant portion of healthcare expenditure.
- The Global Health Crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, has highlighted the importance of resilient healthcare systems capable of responding to emergencies and maintaining routine health services.