The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu,says federal government will introduce a new health policy“save one million lives initiative” to strengthen primary health care system in Nigeria for effective health delivery.
Chukwu made this known in Abakaliki,the capital of Ebonyi state, while delivering a key note address, at a two day scientific conference and annual general meeting of Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON).
The minister disclosed that with the advent of democratic governance in 1999, the country’s national health system became highly fragmented, at the sub national level, and highly characterised with vertical service delivery programme.
He noted that the federal government was using the primary health care platform as a key to improving national health outcomes and attainment of the millennium Development Goals (MDGS)
He emphasised that the issue of primary health care was imperative and that all stakeholders,including states and local governments must endeavour to bring it back to the national political agenda.
Declaring the seminar open the state governor, Martin Elechi said that the government would release additional N200 million, to the six rural based mission hospitals in the state , to strengthen health delivery at the grass root level.
REGIS ANUKWUOJI, Enugu