FEC approves third national health policy in Nigeria

The Federal Executive Council has approved a new National Health Policy to promote the health of Nigerians in the country.

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo approved this policy but was announced by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, after the meeting.

Prof. Adewole said the health policy which is the third in the history of the country was initially approved by the National Council on Health, was extensively deliberated by the council before the final approval.

He said the first one for the country was enacted in 1988, while the second was done in 2004.

Adewole said, “The title of the policy is promoting the health of Nigerians to accelerate socio-economic development.”

“The process of getting the policy to FEC took sometime. We constituted a technical working group, chaired by former Minister of Health, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, to look into the country’s context, the challenges, what went wrong in the past and how we can reposition the health sector.

“This new policy will provide directions necessary to support the achievements of significant progress in terms of improving the performance of the national health system.

“It also lays emphasis on primary healthcare as the bedrock of our national health system in addition to the provision of financial risk protection to all Nigerians particularly the poor and vulnerable population.

“This administration is reputed for being pro-poor and we are quite committed to alleviating the problem of the poor Nigerians, the vulnerable the unemployed and the disadvantaged,’’ he said.

Adewole however disowned the conclusions of a university don, who recently came up with cure for HIV/AIDS.

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