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Tinubu pledges to transform health sector

APC Presidential Candidate, Senator Bola Tinubu

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Senator Bola Tinubu has promised a “radical transformation” of the country’s health sector, if elected President.

Senator Tinubu made the promise at a Symposium in Abuja organised by the Healthcare Transformation Coalition, a group of healthcare professionals.

The Symposium was an agenda setting for the next administration to address challenges bedeviling the health sector in Nigeria.

Senator Tinubu’s pledge was also based on indicators showing that coverage of basic health services expose a huge deficit in the required health care service delivery in the country.

With an estimated 40% of Nigerians living in poverty and social conditions that creat ill-health as well as out-of-pocket expenses, it is imperative to initiate reforms that will change the narrative.

Senator Tinubu, represented at the event by the Senate Chief Whip, Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, said there would be a “functional healthcare delivery system” in Nigeria if he was given the opportunity to serve.

Senator Sabi Abdullahi expressed confidence that with the capacity demonstrated by Senator Tinubu in Lagos State, issues of financing, human capacity building, infrastructure and other policies slowing effective health care delivery would be addressed head-on.

As a practical step aimed at finding a lasting solution to this age-long problem and more, the Healthcare Transformation Coalition organised the symposium as an agenda setting for the next administration, come May 29.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said despite the challenges with the health sector, the Federal Government had recorded huge successes in the sector by introducing many initiatives, such as the emergency health care provision.

The Convener of the Coalition and former Commissioner of Health in Lagos State, Dr Jide Idris, in a presentation, highlighted the ingenuity of the APC Presidential Candidate, Senator Tinubu’s initiative, which changed the story of porous healthcare services in Lagos state.

Dr Idris said having worked closely with Senator Tinubu as Commissioner for Health, when he was governor of Lagos state, stressed the need for the implementation of the health care infrastructure and services of the former state executive at the Federal level as a sustainable solution.

The Director, Medical, Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Dr Ikechukwu Odikpo, while appreciating the organisers for their foresight, said the priority given to the health sector in Senator Tinubu’s manifesto was an indication of the placement of premium on health care delivery.

A former commissioner of Health in Borno state, Dr Salma Ibrahim, said the health sector in the country would experience a “radical transformation” with a repeat of the policies of Senator Kashim Shettima at the Federal level.

Other contributors expressed confidence that with the combination of Senators Tinubu and Shettima, their experience in implementing health reforms would address the deficiencies that have derailed effective health care delivery in the country for decades.

Reporting by Abubakar Bestu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor