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Funding from private donors can revitalise Nigerian health sector

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Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, chairman, of Coronation Capital, and one of the founding patrons, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PSHAN) said funding from private donors and players in the private sectors can revitalise Nigeria’s health sector through the adoption of at least one Primary Healthcare Center (PHC) in Nigeria.

Aig-Imoukhuede said this at the 2023 PSHAN Annual Gala and Awards Night by the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PSHAN), organised to foster a whole-of-society approach to improving health outcomes in the country. It also provided a forum for captains of industry, global health players, etc, to advance healthcare in Nigeria, and spotlight opportunities for collaboration.

In his speech, Aig-Imoukhuede, also the founder and chairman of the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation said “Lack of access to quality healthcare in rural, suburban, and urban areas in Nigeria leads to poor health outcomes and reduced quality of life for low-income citizens. The Adopt-A-Healthcare Facility Programme (ADHFP) offers a unique solution to the problem of inadequate healthcare access in Nigeria. This programme is aimed at delivering one globally recognised standard (Level 2) PHC in each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGA)’s across the country.”

“The goal is to provide universal health access for low-income citizens, allowing them to receive quality healthcare services regardless of their financial circumstances,” he said

The event, themed “Advancing Healthcare in Nigeria”, is PSHAN’s way of recognising the efforts and achievements of individuals, organizations and institutions, in advancing healthcare and improving health outcomes in Nigeria, according to Tinuola Akinbolagbe, the MD/CEO, of PSHAN, “There are a lot of people that are doing things in healthcare that are not primarily in the business of healthcare, they are not medical practitioners. We have corporate organizations, and media houses who are passionate about health, and improving the lives of Nigerians,” Akinbolagbe said. “We felt as an organization that it is important to recognise what they do, celebrate their achievements and encourage more people to do more for healthcare in Nigeria; we can’t leave it to the government alone. We had award recipients in five Main Categories; individuals, medical practitioners, organized corporate sector, business sector, Media Awards, and a section for ministries departments and agencies of the governments.”

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Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), and the recipient of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria’s Global Health Advocate of the Year Award said “I am incredibly honoured to receive this award. I dedicate it to the daily efforts of my amazing Wellbeing Foundation Africa Teams across our frontlines in Nigeria and beyond, who work daily with unflinching dedication, to bring our advocacy into action, with transformative impact, embodying the decades-long unstintingly sustained charter of the Trustees and Governing Council of the WBFA”.

Other award recipients include Aliko Dangote represented by Fatima Aliko Dangote, who won the Award for Outstanding Philanthropy; Nasir Sambo, winner, Change Agent Award; Chikwe Ihekweazu represented at the award ceremony by Vivianne Ihekweazu, winner, Outstanding Medical Practitioner Award; Oyebanji Filani, winner, Healthcare Leadership Award and Francis Durosinmi-Etti, winner, Outstanding Medical Practitioner Hall of Fame Award.