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FG engages stakeholders on Universal Health Coverage

The Federal government has pledged continued partnership with stakeholders in the health sector towards ensuring the successful implementation of Universal Health Coverage in the country.

The Executive Director, National Primary Care Development Agency Dr.  Faisal Shuaib made the pledge at a strategic meeting on improving the realisation of the right to health project in Abuja.

The DG represented by the Director of Advocacy Mrs. Eunice Damisa acknowledged that public-private partnership remains key to enable the country to achieve its set goals of meeting the healthcare needs of its citizens.

Earlier, the Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice Mr. Eze Onyekpere said the project became necessary to ensure that government fulfills its obligations in ensuring Health Insurance coverage for every citizen of Nigeria, irrespective of gender, class, and religion.

He explained that the programme would build the capacity of other stakeholders to effectively intervene for the improvement of the right to health across all levels.

Some participants at the programme called for strengthening of reforms as well as ensuring that citizens know their rights and responsibilities on health matters.

The Right to Health in Nigeria project is by the Centre for Social Justice in collaboration with the support of the Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement Program of the United States Agency for International Development USAID.

The Project will be implemented in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 6 focal states of Sokoto, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Imo, Ekiti, and Rivers. 

The programme which is to be carried out in two years is expected to spur government and relevant authorities at ensuring healthcare services are in line with global best practices.

Reporting by Florence Adewale, editing by Daniel Adejo.