By Abujah Racheal
International health experts concluded the 64th Council on Health (NCH) in Ado-Ekiti on Friday with a commitment to significantly enhance the lives of Nigerians.
The Coordinating Ministry of Health and Social Development announced the approval of crucial resolutions designed to establish a resilient and inclusive healthcare system in Nigeria.
Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Development, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, declared the resolutions as pivotal for the health and well-being of Nigerians.
The annual NCH meetings bring together top officials, including Permanent Secretaries, Commissioners of Health, and Directors, to address health-related issues.
Under the theme “Building a Resilient and Inclusive Healthcare System for a Healthy Nigeria,” this year’s resolutions align with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, emphasising the importance of a robust healthcare system.
Pate outlined key resolutions, including securing bilateral relationships with Nigerian migrant health workforce destination countries, implementing training courses on maternal and child nutrition.
Others are conducting impact assessments of NCH resolutions, adopting public-private partnerships in healthcare infrastructure, and establishing budget lines for family planning.
Addressing concerns about high out-of-pocket expenses for medicines, Pate emphasised the administration’s commitment to finding solutions.
He disclosed ongoing efforts to address high drug prices, including engagements with pharmaceutical companies to understand their perspectives and explore workable solutions in the national interest.
Highlighting President Tinubu’s “Unlocking Healthcare Value-Chain Initiative,” Prof. Pate underscored the focus on stimulating private sector-led, sustainable local production of critical health products.
A total of 626 delegates participated in the meeting, representing federal and state health ministries, development partners, civil society organisations, and the media.
The technical session featured seven presentations and the consideration of 82 memoranda.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NCH is the highest national policy-making and advisory body on health matters in the country.
Its members are the Minister of Health, Minister of State for Health, State Commissioners for Health as well as top management staff of both Federal and State ministries of health and their parastatals and agencies.
The 64th NCH meeting marks the first under President Tinubu’s administration, reflecting a renewed commitment to transforming Nigeria’s healthcare landscape. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Vincent Obi