The Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has said that the Federal Ministry of Health is ready to work with the newly inaugurated Osun State Government to create model healthcare system that all other states would emulate.
The Minister made this known on Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 when he received on official visit, the Executive Governor State of Osun, Mr. Adeboyega Oyetola.
The Minister said “Your Excellency, we have just one ambition and that is to work with you and create a model healthcare system that every other state in Nigeria would emulate, what we are planning to do is to diagnoses and proffer some recommendations as how we can move forward.”
“We want to congratulate you for inaugurating health improvement committee which you personally took charge, to me this the best that can happen in any state. I hope by chairing that committee, no one can deceive you about health indices in Osun, you can personally drive the health improvement agenda”.
The Minister said through Save One Million Lives Initiative, Osun State has won $20 million which would soon be release to the Executive Governor to kick start the improvement of healthcare system.
Adewole further said that Osun State is also one of the pilot states to benefit from the Basic Healthcare Provision Funds. Basic Healthcare Provision Funds is a special intervention to improve healthcare delivery system at all levels.
The Minister encouraged the Executive Governor to key into the National Strategic Health Development Plan II for synergy between the Federal and Osun State.
In his presentation, the National Coordinator, Save One Million Lives Programme Dr. Ibrahim Kana urged the Executive Governor to Introduce compulsory health insurance scheme that would cover both formal and informal sector.
Also speaking, Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaibu pledged to provide technical assistance for managing Primary Healthcare under one roof.
Responding, the Executive Governor of Osun State appreciated the Hon. Minister of Health, for his support towards building quality healthcare system in Osun State. He assured that the $20million from save one million lives programme and the basic health financing funds would be judiciously utilized to improve the health of the citizens of Osun State.