WHO supports Nigeria’s legislative network on UHC

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World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is supporting Nigeria’s legislative network in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), through the collaboration of the European Union.

Dr Clement Peter, WHO Officer in Charge (OIC), made the disclosure in a goodwill message at the 3rd Annual Summit of the Legislative Network for UHC on Thursday in Abuja with the theme “Efficiency in the Health Sector and the Role of Legislators’’.

UHC is the ability of citizens to access quality healthcare services without going through financial hardships.

Peter said WHO would continue to leverage on its unique network to share lessons learnt from the country through the regional office to other countries of Africa.

Kwabena Twum-Nuamah, Chairman, Ghana Parliamentary Committee on Health, said many constituents in African countries were unable to access healthcare because they do not have the means to pay out of pocket.

He said Africa was in a position to help its people if governments around the continent could implement the necessary programmes.

He added that “as parliamentarians, we stand to gain the most when we achieve UHC.”

Dr Olumide Okunola, the representative of the World Bank, said it was the responsibility of  legislators in the country to ensure that Nigerians received quality healthcare services, regardless of who was paying for them.

The summit is expected to set the tone for more inclusive legislative interactions at national and sub-national levels on health legislation, and enhance legislative roles for the advancement of a legislative agenda to achieve UHC in Nigeria.

Bilkisu Pai