Written by Williams ABAH

FG to unveil national health development plan 11

The federal government has revealed that plans are on top gear to unveil the National Etrategic Health Development Plan II and put to effective use.  

Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made this known in Abuja, while speaking at the validation of inputs from various heath stakeholders across the country as part of the process to finalize the planned document.  

The National Health Strategic Development Plan II was developed as a result of expiration of first National Strategic Health Development Plan1 which was launched in 2010, and lasted to 2015, and later extended to 2016 by the National Council on Health meeting held in 2015.  

According to the minister, the National Ststrategic Health Development Plan II document was subjected for comment, observation and input from the 36 states of the federation and FCT as well as partners and private sectors, adding that the document is very important to the repositioning of Health sector.  

The minister said, “I am pleased to announce that Nigeria now has a robust, well articulated National Strategic Health Development Plan resulting from the vigorous and concerted effort of all stakeholders".  

The minister also said that the document is extremely detailed and covered every aspect of health system.  

The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Clement Uwaifo, commended the development partners towards the development of national strategic health development plan II.  

He said “The purpose of our meeting here today, is to formerly present to you the draft of the second national health strategic plan for validation. It is important for us to collectively examine the document and made necessary amendments, before it is submitted to the forth coming national council of health for approval and implementation".  

Speaking at the event, the WHO country representative, Dr. Wondi Alemu, represented by Dr. Moses Ogom, Health System Adviser, said that the National Strategic Health Development Plan II is expected to provide concrete steps, and strategies toward achieving universal health coverage agenda, while calling for diligent implementation of the plan.  

In his words “what will be most useful to the people of Nigeria eespecially the poor and most vulnerable households, who currently contribute over 71 percent of the total health expenditure out-of-pocket is the diligent implementation of the plan".

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