The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Mashi Abdullahi, said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to ensuring the overall health and well-being of all Nigerians.
Abdullahi stated this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Friday in Asaba, on the sidelines of the 62nd National Council on Health (NCH) meeting themed: Consolidating The Journey Towards Achieving Universal Health Coverage.
He said that one of the key goals of the Buhari administration was making investments in the health sector to ensure that all citizens enjoyed robust health, which was a fundamental human right.
He assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would continue to work with all stakeholders in the health sector to identify multi-sectoral approaches in physical activity that would benefit all.
According to him, the health sector in the country is wide and implementing valid recommendations means that stakeholders will see it more as an opportunity for research and development towards a healthy nation.
He, however, lamented the lack of teamwork in the health sector workplaces and attributed this challenge to the rivalry between medical doctors, pharmacists and other allied workers.
The permanent secretary also noted that one of the major problem impeding progress in Nigeria’s health industry was lack of authentic information as the sector often seemed to thrive more on false information, fake news and myths.
“There is a great need for all healthcare professionals to work in harmony with trust and due respect for each other’s expertise in promoting the health of Nigerians seeking their services,” he said.
He expressed optimism that the NCH meeting would address the complex health needs that required a multi-sectoral approach to integrate health-promoting and preventive policies and solutions, that would be responsive to communities and citizens generally.
Abdullahi described the theme as apt and necessary in the interest of peace and overall development of the health sector; and charged all to work towards moving the industry forward.
Edited by Philip Dzeremo/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore