Nigeria approves new health policy

Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole
Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole

The Emergency National Council on Health meeting held in Abuja, Thursday, approved the National Health Policy document.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, announced the approval of the document after deliberations by the council members.

The National Health Policy is a comprehensive health document that spells out the functions and responsibilities of all levels of government.

In his presentation, Mr. Adewole, a professor, said the overall goal of the policy was to strengthen Nigeria’s health system particularly the primary healthcare sub-system to deliver qualitative, efficient and comprehensive healthcare services to all Nigerians.

The minister urged state governors to allocate at least 15 per cent of their annual budget to the health sector in line with Abuja declaration, for the implementation of National Health Policy.

He said the Federal Government is going to allocate at least one per cent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the establishment of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund as provided by National Health Act 2014.

He called on state governors to ensure timely release and disbursement of allocated funds for health to achieve the objective of the National Health Policy.

He called on the state governors and health commissioners to explore additional ways of funding the National Health Policy in their various states. He added that both federal and state governments are ready to partner with private individuals to support the health sector.

While imploring wealthy individuals to commit part of their resources to the development of the health sector, he called for widespread dissemination of the policy.

Mr. Adewole, however, advised the state governments to also develop their own Strategic Health Development Plan in line with the new National Health Policy.

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  • Omoba1

    15 percent budget for health, we are still a joke in Nigeria

    • Ashibogu

      Some State Governors particularly in Northern Nigeria do not allocate anything to the Health Sector in their States. Rather, they have abandoned the sector to developmental partners like the World Bank, WHO, UNICEF etc. This is particularly true of North East States of Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi, Borno and Yobe. Little wonder Polio is making a catastrophic comeback in some of the aforementioned States. Lest I forget, Lassa Fever is also back with a Big Bang!

  • Apostel

    The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole hallucinate.

    • adeade

      Leave my former VC alone oooo….lol

  • Rommel

    At least the journalist who wrote this could have give us some meat to chew on,the entire story has no specifics and substance,at best this is generic which is unfortunate

    • Obiayo


  • thusspokez

    Mr fantastically incompetent Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, what have you done about the Lassa fever outbreak that has killed over 200 Nigerians to-date and still counting?

    • utolason

      What is your point? 200 in a country of about 170 million people? Have considered malaria, hiv, etec, etc? Leave the man alone to his job, which is doing very well.

      • thusspokez

        What is your point?

  • Man_Enough

    there has always been job descriptions, but when they are not done nothing happens. methinks, it is a waste of time and lack of ideas for anybody to stat issuing a job description to somebody you cannot supervise. this minister is one of the sore thumbs of this administration.

  • Dike Victor

    Everyone was thinking it was this Doctor from Edo that has spent most of his life in German hospital that was a Boss in German hospital, could have gotten this position , people were a bit happy , after NASS interview , all we saw was this Adewole whatever , he is a disaster .. Look what health minister did when Jonathan was in power , that man was good , he really changed something in the health sector , even proposed free healthcare for all Nigeria be4 there tenure was removed by Buhari change ! Now pple sick and die , no drugs coming in , pple can’t afford drugs ,., so tell me what !! Full incompetent doctors , everywhere has no knowledge of the high tech cures ! No innovation of partnership with the western practitionals , in research , and other innovative scientific ways . Now in Nigeria you get serious sick you die !! No govt help or subside in health !! I wish some of you who always support Buhari should live in Switzerland or Norway or Germany ! You see how health issue is the king first !! Nigeria is backward primitive educated bushmen , in authority ,full of too much tribal ethnic culture traditon has mentàlity has brought the nation down !! Primitive pple , sorry to say this !!’ Backward pple

  • Deovolente

    Why is Lassa Fever still galloping along all over the country after almost as year??