(NAN), Dr Garba Bulama of the Department of Planning Research and Statistics, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), says good governance will solve 80 percent of the country’s health care delivery challenges.
the ongoing annual National Health Dialogue in Abuja on Wednesday.
The dialogue was organized by Premium Times, an online newspaper, Project for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, Project Pink Blue and the Nigerian Governor’s Forum.
The Nigeria News Agencyreports that the two-day event has as its theme ‘Universal Health Coverage: The role of State and Non-State Actors in Healthcare funding.’
Bulama noted that everything in the health sector revolves around governance, stating that once governance is fixed, the nation’s problems in the sector will almost be over.
states to key into the health care under one roof initiative to minimize duplication and enhance access to health services.
“But for shortfalls in implementation and execution, there was no shortage of ideas when the policy was approved by the National Council on Health in 2011 and later backed by the National Health Act, 2014,” he said.
inadequate funding, shortage of health facilities and and professionals as major challenges in the country’s health system.
He also said there was no accurate data and statistics of the country’s population, health indices and health facilities.
ho was to be covered, how to finance Universal Health Coverage and how to implement it.
constitutional provision on specific roles of different actors.
He added that states and federal actors were also not working in synergy in attaining universal health coverage.
NAN reports that the dialogue brought together stakeholders in health and development sectors to discuss the challenges and prospects of UHC in Nigeria.
According to the organisers, since the enactment of the National Health Act in 2014, efforts targeted at providing quality and affordable health care for Nigerians in line with the goals of UHC have not been achieved.
The participants are expected to come up with actionable strategies for sustainable health care financing in the country.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed