Not all Nigerians can get health care from government – Osinbajo

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At the National Health Dialogue organised by Premium Times on Monday, the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo disclosed that the entire population of Nigeria can not get adequate health care service.

According to Osinbajo who made this statement through a representative, Nicolas Audiferren, his chief physician, an effective national health insurance scheme may be the best option for the development of the nation’s health sector.

TheCable had quoted him saying;

“It has become obvious that the government, both at the state and federal levels, cannot adequately provide health care services. That’s the simple truth,” he said.

“Our view is that an effective national health insurance scheme remains the best option for the development of our sector and for efficient health care services in this country.”

“We were able to allocate 1% of the consolidated revenue fund towards the funding of key health initiative in compliance with National Health act.

“Last year we also launched the patients’ bill of right, initiated renovations and improve funding for primary health care institutions. We have been able to eradicate polio.” He said.

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TheCable further reported that Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher of Premium Times newspaper and organizer of the event, said the conference was put together “to bring to the table experts, policymakers, stakeholders and the ordinary citizens to discuss thorny issues that matter to advance better health care delivery.”

The report quoted Chiedo Nwankwo, a medical doctor who advocated for the poor, saying,  “Nigeria is one of the worst places for maternal, newborn childcare in the world”

“they should not spend the little they have and get impoverished in their quest for quality health care”

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