Ali Pate, the minister of health, says there is a need to
improve the country’s health outcomes and end medical tourism by Nigerians.
Speaking on Monday at his maiden meeting with Kachollom
Daju, the permanent secretary at the ministry of health, Pate said there is a
gap in health outcomes that needed to be improved upon.
“When you fly from Addis Ababa to New Delhi you see a lot of
people going for medical tourism and it is not a thing we in the health sector
should rest on our oars and regard as normal,” he said.
“We should do something about it and improve our health
“It is important that
we deal with the issues of governance to improve the governance of health.
“The federal government, states and local governments and
other stakeholders will work together, including those who may be differently
abled in the construct of health policy and implementation.”
According to NAN, Pate also said the economic value chain
existing in the health sector should be harnessed, adding that it needs to be
carefully crafted with every stakeholder being a part of the conversation.
“There is an
important signal in the choice of those assigned the health portfolio, and we
are very excited about that,” he said.
“I think the fact that the president also included social
welfare in the health portfolio indicates he also considers the people as the
basis; the foundational element for what his administration tries to do.
“This is because the welfare of the people is linked to
their health; their health and well-being are interconnected right from
gestation to childhood, to adulthood to elderly, and all across the life cycle.
“We need to grow our economy, but we also need to attend to
the people and health is an important component of that and I think that is one
signal that is important.
“The president is the
driver and we will follow and we will work hard to ensure that our driver takes
us to the desired destination; the vision that he has of transforming this
“The president realises that Nigerians are eager to feel the
impact of government so that people feel the difference that his `Renewed Hope’
agenda actually begins to touch the lives of people and we are right where it
can be done.”
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