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Effective governance key to addressing health challenges- Dr Anas

Dr Anas expressed optimism that the country’s health sector will be revamped under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Photo: Emmanuel Kutara/Radio Nigeria

The Technical Assistant to the Special Adviser to the President on Health, Dr Aminu Yakubu has identified effective governance as key to addressing challenges in Nigeria’s Health sector.

 Dr Yakubu who stated this at the COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project summit, organized by BudgIT and CODE  in Abuja, stressed that the renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu was focused on addressing the leadership structure in the Health space.

Dr Yakubu who represented the Special Adviser to the President on Health, Dr Salma Anas said the health agenda of the President was premised on the concept of Universal Health Coverage as it’s Primary objective considering health as an investment.

On her part, the Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Dr Adaeze Oreh, said tackling brain drain in the country requires a comprehensive approach that addresses its underlaying causes.

According to her, there was need for State Governments to provide incentives for health care professionals to stay and contribute to the country’s Health system.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Dr Kaltuma Ahmed, on the state of health care in Kaduna, said there were ongoing plans to renovate 255 Primary Health Care centers and strengthen the health insurance scheme.

The Chief Executive Officer of CODE, Mr. Hamzat Lawal, highlighted the need for Governments to allocate funds for operational research, establish Health Care contingency reserves and strengthen the country’ incident Management systems.

Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade