An Overview of the Nigerian Health Policy

The Nigeria health system

Bombarded with quality health policies both mental and physical health provision for its citizenry, the Nigerian health system has for years seek to improve through awareness, prompt emergency response and free treatment amongst other measures, the lifestyle and other factors that facilitate the wellbeing of Nigerians. The primary health care being the third tier on the ladder of the health sector, serve as the avenue through which all and sundry can run to in times of health crises with the assurance of receiving if not comprehensive but at least first-hand medical attention and treatment. Most evident in this case is the diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Across the century, in virtually every pharmacy store and primary health centre, boldly written on posters are the words “not every fever is malaria” advocating for a “Rapid malaria test” usually done within 3 minutes or less and if confirmed, malaria drug (ACT) is prescribed/given at affordable price.

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According to the foreword in the revised health policy by the then honourable minister of health in 2004, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, who stated the relationship between the health policy and the health care system nationwide “the national health policy represents the collective will of the government and people of this country to provide a comprehensive health care system that is based on primary health care”. The health policies which provide the foundation for the planning, organization and management of the nation’s overall health system.

The national health policy encompasses major intention program as setup by the ministry of health at the federal level including HIV/AID, roll back malaria, Immunization, control of onchocerciasis, control of tuberculosis and leprosy, blood transfusion, elimination of female genital mutilation; others include reproductive health, adolescent health, food and nutrition, child health policy, drug policy and food and hygiene policy. With each providing overall goals and strategies for their implementation.

Over the years, such measures taken by the government in the form of interventions have yielded positive results across the nation as incident cases of some disease have been properly handed as reported in some quarters.

To be continued….

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NIGERIA HEALTH NEWS

Buhari kicks off revitalisation of 10,000 primary health care centres

Source: The Guardian Newspaper By Chukwuma Muanya (Lagos), Emeka Anuforo, Terhemba Daka and Nkechi Onyediaka-Ugoeze (Abuja) | 11 January 2017

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Credit: The Guardian

As part of efforts to reverse the poor health indices and ensure universal health coverage in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has kicked off the revitalisation of 10,000 primary healthcare centres (PHCs) nationwide, inaugurating Kuchigoro Clinic, Abuja, as a model.
In his address yesterday in Abuja, Buhari said: “The first phase of this approach is what we are kicking off today (yesterday). It signals the revitalisation of the first 109 PHC facilities across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
The President said the provision of quality healthcare service would reverse the poor health indices in the country.

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“I am hopeful that our women will no more be dying during childbirth; our children will no more be dying as a result of vaccine preventable diseases or common ailment and access to healthcare will not be limited due to lack of money,” he added.
Buhari noted that Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre was renovated to provide services at minimal little or no cost in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Federal Capital Development Administration (FCDA), University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and development partners, including General Electric and Sterling Bank.
He said the model would be replicated nationwide with slight modifications, adding: “I want to assure all Nigerians that government will continue to ensure access to quality basic health care services.”
Buhari went on: “My presence here today (yesterday) demonstrates our commitment to put the health of Nigerians as a top priority. Our goal of revitalising the PHCs is to ensure that quality basic healthcare service is delivered to majority of Nigerians irrespective of their location. We shall focus more on the people living in the rural areas and the vulnerable population in our society such as women, under-five children and the elderly in collaboration with national and international partners.”
The President explained that the move was in consonance with the agenda of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party geared at providing succor to the poor and the entire society.

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