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FG Seeks Solution to Spread of Diseases

As the National Council on Health (NCH) enters its second day, the Federal Government Monday  tasked the body to expedite action on workable solutions that will assist in reduction and spread of diseases in the country.

Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Fatima Bamidele, gave the charge at the 55th NCH meeting in Abuja.

While declaring open the technical session of the NCH meeting in Abuja, she observed that as the highest decision making body in Nigeria’s health sector, the council is expected to formulate concrete policies that will ensure that the country’s disease burden is brought to its bearest minimum.

According to her, the Federal Government remained committed to improving the health status of Nigerians through the implementation of the National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP).

Bamidele told the gathering, “that the NCH meeting should focus on the priority areas of the NSHDP. The priority areas according to her included, leadership and governance for health, health service delivery, human resource for health and financing for health.”

Other priority areas of the NSHDP to be critically examined at the meeting are national health information
system, community participation and ownership, partnership for health and research for health.

Also, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources of the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA), Ademola Onakomaiya, said that for significant level of health outcomes to be achieved, there was the need for the introduction of interventions and services that would address health problems resulting in sustained health gains at little or no cost.

“Whether it is funded and supervised by the government, or through the health insurance scheme or out of pocket payments, the financial cost of the services must be reasonable and must give the people some measure of financial protection without compromising the services rendered,” he added.”

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