The current pandemic has accentuated the need for a robust healthcare system. National efforts in this regard are hinged on four key priorities, namely: boosting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring access of every Nigerian to qualitative health services based on the prioritisation of primary health care, building preparedness for the threat posed by infectious diseases and boosting local research and development efforts aimed at the production of medical and pharmaceutical resources.
Immediate efforts are targeted at ramping up local production of materials such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), hand sanitisers, face masks and other resources for infection control. With a functional financial resource pooling mechanism in place to cover the healthcare of citizens, the private sector support will be brought to bear on the effort to transform public secondary and tertiary health institutions into self-administering and self-sustaining enterprises with the capacity to manufacture basic commodities and consumables like intravenous fluids, laundry soap, surgical gloves, bed sheets and pillowcases, nurses and doctors uniforms, etc.
While steps are being taken to expand the National Health Insurance Scheme to cover all citizens, the protection of health workers on the front lines of addressing COVID-19 and other infectious diseases shall be a priority. To this end, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) shall provide insurance coverage for health workers across all tiers of government as well as in the private sector.
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