The Federal Government has said that for Nigeria to continue to enjoy a lasting legacy from the huge investment in the health sector, it will embark on a comprehensive reform of the sector.
President Muhammadu Buhari who stated this Tuesday, at the presentation of the end-of-year report of the presidential task force on COVID-19, said that the reform is aimed at building the human and institutional capacity to provide a world class 21st century health care system, capable of responding effectively to future pandemics; develop a viable strategy for our primary and tertiary healthcare system; re-align institutional mandates and functions within the health sector for effectiveness and efficiency; distinguish policy and coordination from implementation responsibilities; and strengthen the statutory and regulatory capacities within the health sector.
The President, however, insisted that “there is still more work to be done in the health sector to help us cater for our citizens and minimize the drain on our foreign exchange and trained manpower through medical tourism.”
He revealed that over the last nine months, he received 8 Interim Reports along with one Mid-Term Report, “apprising me progressively of developments on the COVID-19 pandemic, from the Presidential Task Force.
“I similarly approved several far-reaching measures recommended to support the achievement of the objectives of our National Response. I have been in constant touch about the pandemic in all corners of our country.”