… WAHSUN launches campaign for UHC
By Hassan Zaggi
The West Africa Health Sector Union Network (WAHSUN) has launched a campaign to mobilize its members in all countries of the region for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The President of the WAHSUN, Abdulrafiu Adeniyi disclosed this at the celebration of the 10th anniversary of WAHSUN in Abuja, yesterday.
This is even the President of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Comrade Josiah Joy Biobelemoye, has described the clamour by a section of Nigerians for the introduction of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the health sector is evil.
Responding questions at the WAHSUN celebration, Biobelemoye said that PPP is not the solution to the myriad of challenges in the health sector in Nigeria.
“Public Private Partnership is an evil. It is not the solution to the problems in the health sector in Nigeria. The problems we have identified include corruption in the health system and inadequate funding.
“Why PPP cannot work in Nigeria is because, it means an increase in the cost of healthcare services. That also means that you have taken many people out of the ability to access health care services, “ he explained.
Speaking further on the WAHSUN, the President, Adeniyi said: “We are going to sign a campaign to mobilize the health sector union toward attain Universal Health Coverage.
“UHC embodies three major areas including equity, accessibility and affordability. The quality of health services should be good enough for those who need them.”
He noted that WAHSUN is focused on the provision of qualitative health care services to the West African region and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Adeniji further revealed that the group is poised to assist governments across the region in the formulation of policies that will trigger the provision of qualitative healthcare services to residents of the region.