Okowa Tasks FG On Full Implementation Of Universal Healthcare System
SAN FRANCISCO, August 12, (THEWILL) – Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Wednesday called on the Federal Government to ensure the full implementation of the Universal Health Care system in the country because according to him it will progressively save lives, increase economic growth as well as ensure prosperity for all citizens.
The Governor who spoke while delivering a keynote address at the 10th Annual All Fellows Congress and Scientific Conference of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in Abuja, said that the country currently needs a national strategy that defines the comprehensive vision of a healthcare system that creates value for both the patient and the healthcare provider.
He said that the federal government must ensure; “a strategic healthcare service reorientation” in the nation's health sector in order to “achieve the goal of Universal Health Care in Nigeria as encapsulated in the provisions of the National Health Act 2014.”
According to him; “What I feel we need now is a clear national strategy that defines the comprehensive vision of a healthcare system that creates value for both the patient and the healthcare provider and the processes required to achieve it…
“The central focus of a healthcare delivery process should be centered on continuously increasing value for the patient with value defined as Health Outcomes Achieved per Naira Spent.”
Speaking on the topic titled “National Health Act: Translating the Law into Quality and Accessible Healthcare”, the Governor called for the full implementation of the Universal Health Care system in the country because, according to him, “it progressively saves lives, increases economic growth and ensures prosperity for all citizens.”
He posited that the National Health Act remains Nigeria's best option at achieving quality and accessible health care for its citizens adding; “translating and implementing the provisions of the Act to achieve quality and accessible healthcare for all citizens of Nigeria will require the various segments of the health delivery system working in synergy.”