By Hassan Zaggi
Following the gradual withdrawal of international donors, the Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to mobilize internal resources for health financing to ensure smooth transition without funding gaps, particularly immunization as Nigeria exits from the international financial assistance Programme.
Speaking at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said: “Nigeria is resolved to make Nigeria’s health sector an investment destination and encourage Public Private Partnership (PPP), improving strategic planning and budgeting, transparency and accountability, budget execution and performance, with focus on efficiency and results.”
According to him, to buttress sustainability of the health system, the government of Nigeria is working with state governments to explore funding options tailored to the needs of the various population and their ability to augment budgetary allocations.
On response to emergencies, the minister said, “Nigeria witnessed periodic disease outbreak, the latest being Lassa fever. We are continuously improving our response system to handle emergencies and challenges of public health concern and work with relevant agencies to meet global standards of preparedness with regard to prevention, detection and control of epidemics.
“As we approach polio eradication certification status, we shall build on this legacy, invest in surveillance mechanisms and curb disease importation.”
He also noted the prompt response of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to the re-emergence of Ebola viral hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo.