FG restates commitment to universal health coverage

Universal Health Coverage

DR Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, on Friday restated the commitment of the Federal Government towards achieving Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.

Ehanire said this during a symposium on repositioning the healthcare sector organised by Healthcare Transformation Coalition (HTC) in Abuja.

He described healthcare as `a critical component’ in human capital development which must be given priority attention.

The minister, who lauded the federal government for improving the healthcare of Nigerians, said the symposium would offer the country the opportunity to explore areas of improvement.

Ehanire said the objective of government was to build health coverage for no fewer than 90 per cent of the nation’s population.

He said the provision of quality health financing mechanism and continuous improvement to healthcare, especially in the rural areas, were also their priority.

Dr Jide Idris, former Commissioner for Health, Lagos said that it was time to close the gaps inherent in Nigeria’s health sector.

Idris who commended for governor of the state Bola Tinubu’s achievements in the health sector, said innovations and ideas were required to engender rapid health development in Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Universal Health Coverage (UHC) seeks to ensure that people have access to the healthcare they need without much financial hardship. (NAN)