Nigeria to offer free health services to 100 million Nigerians in two years – Minister

The Nigerian government will offer free healthcare to 100 million Nigerians in the next two years under the country’s new health agenda, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said.

Pregnant women across Nigeria will also enjoy free antenatal and delivery services, particularly at the primary healthcare level, the government said.

The minister disclosed this while speaking on a current affairs programme, The Osasu Show, broadcast weekly on African Independent Television.

Mr Adewole said in order to achieve that target, the government would revitalise the primary healthcare services and adopt “the universally accepted concept of one primary healthcare centre per political ward”.

Women with uncomplicated pregnancy and those with uncomplicated past will be expected to visit the primary healthcare centre, Mr.Adewole said.

“One of the things we want to do under the revitalised PHC programme is that each of these revitalised, reinvigorated PHC will have an industrial borehole so that we can offer water to the people, clean drinkable water,”‘ Mr. Adewole said.

“There will be solar electricity so we can have the ability to keep our vaccines in safe conditions. We will then use this new reinvigorated primary healthcare centres for the focus of community development nationwide.

”The primary healthcare facilities, according to the minister,will be managed by nurses, mid-wives and village workers so as to accommodate cultural differences in different parts of Nigeria. “If we do not (do this), people will not use the facilities.”

“We are not going to import someone from Port Harcourt to work in Sokoto. We are looking at people in the Sokoto environment who speak the language and understand the culture.

“The new model we are operating will also have villager workers who will oscillate between the facilities and the community and we will promote ownership by telling them the facilities are theirs and not for the federal government or state but that it belongs to them as a community.”

Mr. Adewole said for a start, the federal government would deliver 110 primary healthcare centres in the next three months across the country.

“When we flag it off, it is going to be one PHC per day to show Nigerians that we mean business,” he said. “We will surprise everybody!”

The minister said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was different from other past administrations in Nigeria.

“We are serving under a leadership that is totally committed to supporting the poor,” he said. “We have an agenda that is entirely pro-poor and as we havementioned we will not just make vague promises, we will deliver.”

Mr. Adewole said the federal government also intends to change the national health insurance from being voluntary to compulsory and universal, so that the “healthy will care for the sick and the rich will care for the poor”.


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  • favourtalk

    This is a welcome develop, kudos to Nigeria government and the minister for bringing this to every common Nigerians who needs a sound health.

  • Basketmouth

    This is the most profound policy statement I have heard to date from Buhari administration. Thanks Doc. I am looking forward to this innovative health delivery equipped with functioning water supply and electricity from solar source. Please make sure that this health centers are equipped with functioning basic equipment and crews to maintain the buildings to keep it from disintegrating like the ones we have witnessed in the past. I also hope the ministry of education will borrow a leaf from this beautiful ideas from the ministry of health. Kudos Minister.

    • PolyGon2013

      I concur with what you stated. CHANGE has really come.

  • PolyGon2013

    PT, stop addressing Prof. Adewole as Mr. Adewole. That, said, thanks professor, and thanks to our President : President Buhari.

  • delta K

    These id#ot talk without reason, sorry for Nigerians whom allow this animals to rule them. Most southern Nigeria’s have no idea how bad things are for those people in IDP , and here come this animals with his proclamation

    • FreeNigeria

      Don’t mind them. They can provide simple light that we pay for talk-less of free health. Where are the hospitals or facilities?

      • SBA

        You are very wicked. Do you know how many lives are saved daily by this primary health care center. Stop spreading falsehood on this platform. The facilities save a lot of life

    • Amir

      With your poor level of knowledge, you are automatically eligible for free psychiatric care from 2018. Say Amen to that.

      • delta K

        Foolani animals, Moslem Scum like you are curses to humanity. Look at all the Moslem countries and tell me one that has no jihadist issues like you foolani in Africa

  • Curseless

    Professor, with your antecedent I’m very certain that you can and will achieve this.

  • Suleiman Adamu

    That’s good may the almighty help u throught, up baba, changes are on the way.