Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has advocated stronger collaboration with private medical
practitioners to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the call on Friday in Abuja at the 25th Annual General Meeting and Scientific
Conference of the National Guild of Medical Directors.
The theme of the annual conference is “Achieving Universal Health Coverage”, with sub theme ” Rethinking Business Models For
Private Practice in Nigeria”.
The minister, who was represented by Dr Sanni Gwazo, Director in the Minister’s office, called on the private sector to provide
enabling environment that would help to drive efficient health sector.
Ehanire acknowledged that collaboration with the private sector would be more effective in delivering quality healthcare services in the country.
He noted that it was key for government to tap into the financial viability of the private sector, noting that there was need for government to leverage on the private sector in advocating more funding for health in the country.
The minister said this would enable Nigeria’s health sector to scale up quality in the health care system.
Dr Yusuf Sununu, the Chairman, House Committee on Healthcare Services, said that the legislature would maintain an ongoing dialogue
with professional groups and associations in the health sector.
According to him, this is aimed at addressing issues of labour relations, welfare and quality service delivery.
“The House of Representatives will fund efforts to establish Special Hospitals, research centres and rapid response units.
They will be used for treatment, study, management and control of serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, renal disease, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Lassa fever and cardiovascular diseases.
The House would ensure adequate funding of the health sector, improve budgetary provision and effective oversight in general, particularly with regard to efforts at disease prevention across the country.
All existing health care laws will be reviewed for necessary reforms and amendments,” he assured.
He called for necessary action to support and effectively monitor the health sector to ensure that it met international best standards of healthcare provision and medical ethics.
Sununu, however, called on the Guild of Medical Directors to continue its engagement with his office to identify challenges and to proffer viable solutions to address them.