President Muhammadu Buhari has recently disclosed that only about 5% of Nigerians have health insurance which is against the recommended 90% coverage by the World Health Organisation.
He made this remarks during the flag off of the primary health care revitalization program and commissioning of the Kuchigoro primary health care centre as a model primary health care centre in Abuja.
PMB made it known that his administration would focus more on the people living in the rural areas and the vulnerable population in the society (women, children under the age of 5 and the elderly) in collaboration with national and international partners.
President Buhari made it known that his presence at the flag-off demonstrates his administration’s commitment to put health of Nigerians as a top priority.
“Our goal of revitalizing the Primary Health Care Centres is to ensure that quality basic health care services are delivered to majority of Nigerians irrespective of their location in the country.” – PMB.
“However, only less than 5% of the total population is covered by any kind of health insurance or risk protection mechanism which is against the recommended 90% coverage by the World Health Organisation. Our vision is to reverse this unsatisfactory situation and better care for the poor and needy,” he continued.
He further stated that the vision of his government is to revitalise 10,000 Primary Health Care Facilities in Nigeria using a phased approach noting that the first phase of this approach is what they are flagging off today as it will signal the revitalization of the first 109 Primary Health Care facilities across the 36 states and the FCT.
He further explained that the provision of quality health care service will reverse the poor health indices in the country. “I am hopeful that our women will no more be dying needlessly during childbirth; our children will no more be dying needlessly as a result of vaccine preventable diseases or common ailment; access to health care will not be limited because of lack of money to pay,” he said.