Experts have united in their call for the establishment of a resilient and inclusive healthcare system in Nigeria.
This call was made at the technical session of the 64th National Council on Health (NCH) on Wednesday in Ekiti State, aimed to chart a course towards a healthier and more accessible future for the country.
The NCH, an apex policymaking body in the Nigerian health sector, annually brings together leaders such as permanent secretaries, honourable commissioners of health, heads of parastatals, and directors to discuss health-related issues. This year’s theme, ‘Building the Resilience and Inclusive Health Care System for a Healthy Nigeria,’ underscores the importance of a robust healthcare system.
The permanent secretary of the coordinating ministry of health, Ms. Kachollom Daju declared the convergence open and highlighted the significance of building resilience in the healthcare system. She emphasised the need for a comprehensive approach to address challenges like disease outbreaks and natural disasters.
Project director of EpiC, Nigeria at FHI 360, Dr. Hadiza Khamofu stressed the importance of a multi-faceted approach, including investing in healthcare infrastructure, training professionals, improving financing mechanisms, and implementing policies for inclusivity.
A representative of the WHO country representative, Dr. Ahmed Khedr commended Nigeria’s efforts in revamping the health sector and expressed commitment to working with the government.
The director of planning, research and statistics, Ministry of Health, Dr. Chris Isokpunwu highlighted the importance of inclusivity in addressing disparities in healthcare access.
“The 64th NCH aims to propose recommendations and strategies to advance the country’s health sector. Unlike previous meetings, this NCH is transitioning to electronic documentation for accessibility through a mobile application and web microsite. The digital platform is designed to enhance participants’ experience and provide easy access to valuable resources, networking opportunities, and the latest information on the agenda,” Isokpunwu explained.