Health Minister Assures Comprehensive Healthcare Services For Nigerians

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The Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa.
The Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa.

The Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa has assured the Nigerian public of basic and comprehensive healthcare services under President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

Alausa, who was speaking during at the Renewed Hope for Nigeria’s Health and Social Welfare event in Abuja at the weekend, made the reveal in the wake of ministerial briefings by various agencies and departments under the ministry.

The event, which took place between September 7 and 9, 2023, aimed to address the realities of the health and social welfare sector, charting a realistic yet ambitious blueprint for Nigeria’s healthcare system.

Alausa stressed that the Tinubu administration views healthcare as a fundamental right and is actively working to ensure that all Nigerians have access to quality healthcare services. He pointed out that President Tinubu had made a similar health commitment in Lagos State, resulting in Lagos becoming the best-performing state in healthcare delivery.

To fulfil this commitment, President Tinubu has been meticulous in selecting individuals capable of handling his healthcare mandate for the country. Alausa emphasised that the president is closely monitoring the progress to ensure the delivery of promises made to the Nigerian people.

“We are committed to working collaboratively with every stakeholder. We had a workshop with the various departments and agencies in the health sector,” he stated.

Regarding healthcare progress in the country, a report from McKinsey and Company, indicating some advancement in the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) sector. However, there is an increasing number of NCD cases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes. In response, the Ministry has prioritised governance accountability, aiming to treat Nigerians with dignity and place them at the centre of healthcare initiatives. “President Tinubu,” he disclosed, “is personally committed to achieving this and he has tasked the ministry with ensuring that Nigerians receive the best care”.

The Ministry of Health is also planning to digitise the healthcare system, recognising that data is essential for progress. A national electronic medical record system will be introduced in all tertiary hospitals, and efforts will be made to encourage states to participate, reducing the overall cost of care. Furthermore, the ministry is determined to enhance the regulation of healthcare facilities, holding them accountable when issues arise.

The minister highlighted plans to revitalise research institutions across the country, allowing them to collaborate effectively. Many professors currently lack adequate resources to support their work and the ministry aims to address this issue. Additionally, investment in clinical research will be increased, making Nigeria less dependent on foreign pharmaceuticals.

Alausa’s assurance reaffirmed the commitment of President Tinubu’s administration to providing comprehensive healthcare services for all Nigerians. With a focus on personalised care, digitisation and enhanced research, the Ministry of Health is poised to bring about significant improvements in the healthcare sector.

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