Tuesday, 25 July 2017

NIGERIA’S SENATE PRESIDENT HAPPY TO LAUNCH NASS LEGISLATIVE NETWORK FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE


By: Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki,
 
Nigeria’s Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki was happy to launch the National Assembly Legislative Network for universal Health Coverage today.

According to him, as a medical doctor, he has always believed in the access to good health even when he was the Governor of Kwara State, Nigeria.
 
SEN. SARAKI IN ACTION

He said, “Healthcare coverage should be the right of all Nigerian citizens. This is why I have asked the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, to let the National Assembly know what the cost for Universal Healthcare for all Nigerians will be. This will allow us to know what the Federal Government will pay, what the States will pay and what our international partners and the private sector will chip in”.

The Senate President during the Launch said:


“As a medical doctor who believes in “Access To Health”, today, I was pleased to launch the National Assembly Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage. This means a lot to me, because when I was the Governor of Kwara State, we worked to establish the Community Insurance Scheme, which is on track to guarantee access to health to over 60% of Kwarans by 2018.

“Healthcare coverage should be the right of all Nigerian citizens. I strongly believe that it is possible. Unfortunately, others that came before us were not able to achieve it. This is why it is up to us to make the difference.

“Moving forward, the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage will work to guarantee health coverage for all citizens. Even if all that we can achieve is a healthcare system that covers immunization, malaria and antenatal, we would have gone a long way in solving most of Nigeria’s most critical healthcare issues.
“This is why I have asked the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, to let the National Assembly know what the cost for Universal Healthcare for all Nigerians will be. This will allow us to know what the Federal Government will pay, what the States will pay and what our international partners and the private sector will chip in.

“Most importantly, when the 2018 budget comes, we will work to ensure that the healthcare sector receives the 1% from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in accordance with the National Health Act of 2014. This will set up a national Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHPF) that will provide all Nigerians with access to basic health care services”.

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