FG To Spend 5% Of Basic Health Care Fund On Disease Emergency
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has hinted that 5% of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund will go to Health emergency management which covers all aspect of Health, including accident and diseases.
The Minister made this known in Abuja, while receiving top management officials from the Public Health England (PHE) United Kingdom, who were on a working visit to Nigeria, recently.
Professor Adewole who described the NCDC as the flag-ship of Disease outbreak management and control in Nigeria assured that the Federal government was committed to support the centre.
He however noted that Nigeria needed the expertise and knowledge from the UK, Public Health Office due to her years of experience.
The Minister also expressed his gratitude for the partnership, adding that the Government of Nigeria would work in close collaboration with PHE for a mutually beneficial partnership.
The Minister also maintained that synergy between the countries would go a long way in building a strong team for Nigeria and strengthening collaboration between technical Agencies and the Federal Ministry of Health.
He also urged the Uk government to play a more active role in Nigerian Health sector by helping in capacity building, publishing health materials and exchange of experts on laboratory services.
Speaking earlier, the Head of the delegation, Chief Executive, Public Health England, Mr. Duncan Selbie, said their visit to the Ministry was to check and assess the size and scope of the NCDC and the role the organisation plays in the Public Health system.
He also informed that the PHE had supported NCDC in the development of its National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS), training of staff from the National Reference Laboratory and the network of public health laboratories on enteric pathogen testing, development and strengthening of protocols for NCDC’s incident management system and several other project areas. Other activities were on-going, Mr. Selbie added.
The Chief Executive emphasized that the goal was to support strengthening of health security in Nigeria.
He added that he had visited the NCDC National Reference Laboratory and met with several partners. He expressed his delight at the strong role NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health were playing.
He stressed that the UK government was poised to strengthen the Nigerian Public Health sector, considering the strategic importance of Nigeria in the Public Health region and African continent in general.
Mr. Selbie further presented souvenirs to the Honourable Minister, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Abdullazeez Abdullahi and other key management staff of the Ministry, in recognition for their contributions, to the sector, particularly as regards disease emergency management and control in the country.