NGF wants health commissioners to improve access to quality primary healthcare

Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has urged commissioners of health to use their appointment to improve access to quality primary healthcare.

The Chairman of the forum, AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, made the call during the induction ceremony for newly appointed commissioners of health with the theme “Navigating Health Leadership: From Promise to Impact” in Abuja on Thursday.

AbdulRahman, who was represented by the Director-General of the forum,  Asishena Okauru, also advised the commissioners to use their offices to address the challenges facing the healthcare system.

He said “your appointment has its own set of challenges, especially against the backdrop of poor  health indices.

“It is indeed a time that calls for visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to improve  healthcare. I will like to emphasise the vital roles you play in the overall governance and development of our healthcare.

“Health is not merely a sector; it is a fundamental right; it is the cornerstone of a thriving society.

“Your leadership is pivotal to achieving health equity and improved care.”

AbdulRahman called for collaboration between states and Federal Government to improve the healthcare system.

The Chair, Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said that the forum’s vision is to improve health outcomes, using data, peer learning, stewardship and accountability.

He added that the aim of the induction retreat is to equip the new health commissioners with the knowledge, skills and ethical foundations necessary for good governance.

“This aim is rooted in our desire to bolster the capacity of health commissioners in the strategic, inter-sectoral and socio-political management of health systems.

“Considering the change of leadership following the 2023 general elections, our focus is to equip the new cadre of health leaders with the tools and insights for effective governance.”

In his remarks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Nigeria,  Dr Walter Mulombo, said the country requires uncommon approach to make remarkable difference.

He said “as leaders of the health sector in the states, you are expected to keep issues concerning PHCs high on the agenda of your governments and ensure priority investment in the sub sector.(NAN)


November 2, 2023 @ 20:53 GMT|