61st National Council on Health meeting begins

Gloria Essien, Abuja

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Stakeholders in the Health Sector converged in the ancient city of Kano for the 61st National Council on Health (NCH) meeting.

National Council on Health, the Apex Policy decision making body in the health sector, Meeting, is scheduled to hold from Tuesday 19th – Friday, 22nd June 2018.

The Health meeting will discuss issues on health policy making nationwide.

This year’s meeting has as theme “The Second National Strategic Health Development Plan: Road Map for Achieving Universal Health Coverage.

The sub themes are “Better Health for All Through revitalization of Primary Healthcare Service Delivery”

“Human Resources for Health, A Panacea to Overall Health Care Delivery System of Nation”,

“Public Health Emergencies: Preparedness and Response” as well as

“Predictable Financing and Risk Protection for Health”.

The Technical Session which is on-going has as participants the Permanent Secretaries of States Ministries of Health and their Directors of Health Planning Research and Statistics from the 36 States of the Federation and Abuja.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health (FHOH), Dr. Clement Uwaifo represented by the Director, Health Planning Research and Statistics, (FMOH), Dr. Emmanuel Meribole said that the participants were expected to deliberate on issues that would be presented to the Ministers of Health and the Commissioners of Health for approval during the main Council Meeting on Thursday  June 21, 2018

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Kano State, Dr. Shehu Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, said that Kano State Government had spent over N6 Billion Naira on health care services in the state in past three years.

 He said Universal Health Coverage was the only sure way to guarantee accessibility of quality health care services to the most vulnerable populace in Nigeria.

He urged the participants “to come up with quality memoranda that would help in taking decisions while formulating policies that would improve and take the country’s health care system to the next level”.

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