The Nigerian minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has said that Nigeria stands to gain a lot by aligning with organisations who were able to offer innovative and transformation opportunities that would accelerate health care delivery in the country.
Professor Adewole said this while speaking with officers from IntraHealth International, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and DAI Global Health, who paid him a visit in Abuja.
According to him, the Federal government was ready to partner with any capable organisation ready to make quality health care accessible and affordable to all Nigerians in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Minister said the Federal Ministry of Health was poised to experiment on new Models which could be replicated conveniently in all states of the federation.
He however harped on the need to be innovative by integrating necessary deliverables targeted at making any model adopted sustainable in the long run.
Adewole informed that the Federal Government was currently trying out a basic health care model in 3 states: Niger, Abia and Osun through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
He also hinted that Health Ministry was mapping the models experimented upon to reduce overlapping of functions “so as to know what is working or not working. All these effort are geared towards improving healthcare service delivery and the wellbeing of Nigerians”, he said.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the President/CEO, IntraHealth International, Pape A. Gaye, said the aim of their visit was to seek areas of possible collaboration in Primary Health care service delivery through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, in the spirit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The alliance, Mr. Gaye said would assist Nigeria with the enormous task of improving health care delivery especially at the grassroots level.
He added that IntraHealth International specialised in health care workers’ capacity building through training programmes thus, Nigeria through the alliance, would harvest the capacity that existed in Private sector towards making quality health care accessible to the populace.