The federal government has approved a five-year national health plan at the cost of N6.071 trillion. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who disclosed this yesterday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja, stated that the plan was approved at the National Council on Health meeting in Kano on June 21, 2018.
According to him, if the health plan, which has the input and approval of development partners, is implemented faithfully, Nigeria will achieve a 31 per cent reduction in maternal mortality. The minister disclosed that there had been an attempt to come up with the plan, which had 52 targets, between 2010 and 2015, but that, regrettably, Nigeria was only able to achieve two of the 52 target and more time was spent trying to put in place the second plan.
While disclosing that it took the federal government about two years to get the second plan done, the minister added that it involved all states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, and that at the plan had five strategic pillars and 15 priority areas. Adewole listed the five strategic pillars to include enabling environment for the attainment of health sector goals; increased utilisation of essential package of healthcare services; strengthening of the health system, and protection from health emergencies as well as health financing.
In total, he pointed out this new plan had 15 thematic areas, 48 strategic objectives and 282 interventions that will help the government to really improve, healthcare delivery.
He said, "What is important is the stakeholder and strong health sector-wide participation of states in the presentation.
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