Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has approved N6.07 trillion for a thorough and comprehensive revamp of the health sector which would see to the implementation of the second health sector plan earlier approved by the National Health Council meeting on June 21, this year in Kano.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who disclosed this to State House correspondents said the first health sector plan conceived by the last administration was meant to be implemented between 2010 and 2015 with 52 targets, pointing out that of the 52 targets in the plan, only two were achieved at the end of the day.
He said the inability to meaningfully implement the plan, resulted in the conception of this second health sector plan which he said would be implemented between 2018 and 2022 with 15 themes, 48 strategic objectives and 282 interventions.
The minister stated that the plan was meant to improve healthcare delivery in the country, adding that its implementation would result in 31 per cent reduction in maternal mortality, 33 percent reduction in horizontal mortality and 29 percent reduction in under five percent mortality rate.
He also disclosed that the plan includes: overhaul of the primary healthcare system, upgrading of existing hospitals across the nation and infrastructure development.
Disclosing that the plan would involve all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Adewole stated that the plan includes 15 priority areas as well as five strategic pillars.
He listed such strategic pillars to include: enabling environment for our attainment of health sector good, increased utilisation of essential package of healthcare services, strengthening our health system, and protection from health emergencies as well as health financing.
According to him, “There was an attempt to come up with a plan between 2010 and 2015. That plan had 52 targets but regrettably, we were only able to achieve two of the 52 targets. So, we spent a long time, trying to put in place the second plan.
“So, it took us about two years to get this second plan done. It involves all states of the federation. It includes the Federal Capital Territory, and our development partners participated in the presentation and the approval of the plan.
“The plan was approved at the National Council on Health meeting that took place in Kano on June 21, 2018. The plan essentially has five strategic pillars and 15 priority areas. The five strategic pillars include: enabling environment for our attainment of health sector good, increased utilisation of essential package of healthcare services, strengthening our health system, and protection from health emergencies as well as health financing.
“In total, this new plan has 15 thematic areas, 48 strategic objectives and 282 interventions that will help us to really improve the healthcare delivery that will offer our people. What is important is the stakeholder and strong health sector wide participation of states in the presentation.
“We went through a five-stage process. The states went to develop their plans. The federal developed ours. We came together, harmonised all the plans and we brought everybody together to validate and adopt the plan and then moved on to Kano for implementation.
“The entire projects meant for over five years will cost us over N6.071 trillion and we believe that if this funding is done, if the plans are implemented faithfully, we will achieve a 31 per cent reduction in maternal mortality. We will achieve 33 percent reduction in horizontal mortality and we will achieve under five percent mortality reduction of 29 per cent.
“We are quite confident that this plan will usher Nigeria into a new era, and council in its wisdom, approved this plan for implementation. So, the next thing now, will be to ask the states to commence implementation. Federal will commence, and we will go to NEC and Governors’ Forum to secure the buy-in of the governors so that this plan can be faithfully implemented,” he stated.