The federal government has said its efforts at reforming and revitalising the country’s health sector was yielding fruitful results.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who disclosed this at the ongoing 63rd National Council of Health meeting holding in Abuja, said government had embarked on a process of comprehensive health systems reform to modernise and stimulate economic potential of the health sector.
He said: We are certain that we are on the path to getting it right and in a sustainable way.”
For instance, Ehanire said some progress were being made in intervention to curtail various health challenges facing the country.
“We are making progress towards achieving our targets for COVID 19 vaccination. Despite challenges, including vaccine hesitancy and security concerns in many parts
end of the year if states and Local governments put more efforts in mobilising and our 70 per cent coverage needed to acquire herd immunity against COVID-19 virus. In our country about 58 million eligible persons have been fully vaccinated while over 70 million have received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far,” he added.
He said that government has developed a vaccine manufacturing policy and had taken advanced steps towards local manufacturing of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.
“Regarding circulating variant polio virus type 2 (cVPV2), the Minister said that the virus detected in Nigeria has significantly reduced by 85 per cent, with deployment of the new oral polio vaccine (nOPV), injectable polio vaccines (iPV) and continued efforts of routine immunisation, ” he said.
He said vaccination against variant polio virus type 2 would become part of the routine immunisation schedule as from next year.
He also said routine immunisation was showing progress despite Covid-19 pandemic, as indicated by reports in the sector.
Ehanire said the federal government’s renewed zeal to achieve a new public health order that was resilient, adaptable, and ready to cope with any disease was being hinged on, “attraction, training, and retention of a public health workforce; and local manufacturing of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.”
According to the minister, the new public health order rests on four pillars which included strengthened continental and national public health institutions and fostering of respectful local and international partnerships.
As part of the health reform plan, Ehanire also said the federal government was implementing new initiatives to address challenges in the areas of neglected tropical diseases, primary healthcare, health insurance roll-out, human resources, climate change and flooding as well as investment in health sector and strategic partnerships.