The Federal Government has rewarded Ekiti state government with a cheque of $120,000 to boost the primary health sector.
Ekiti state and other states got the reward for their impactful services in primary healthcare .
The state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi received a cheque of $120,000 on behalf of the state during the launch of the second National Strategic Health Development Plan and distribution of cheques to high performing states under the saving 1m lives programme of the Ministry of health.
The governor received the financial encouragement from the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole in Abuja on Tuesday, January 8.
Ekiti got the checque alongside other states in the federation as an encouragement for emerging one of the best performing states in developing and finding the health sector to meet the demands of the second National Strategic Health Development Plan and distribution.
The demands according to Prof Adewole included five strategic pillars and 15 priority areas, which are enabling environment for attainment of health sector goals and increased utilisation of essential package of health services.
Others are strengthening the health system and protection from health emergencies as well as health financing.
Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti in Ido Osi Local Government Area of the state, Dr. Adekunle Ajayi said it was due to admirable performance of the state government in providing affordable primary healthcare services to the grassroots and the confidence the Federal government of President Mohammadu Buhari reposed in the Governor of Ekiti, John Kayode Fayemi that he would put the resources to judicious use.
Ajayi also explained that the National Strategic Development Health plan is an initiative of the President Buhari’s led administration to ensure that quality and affordable primary healthcare are provided for Nigerians at the grassroots and also to ensure that 10,000 primary healthcare centres are built in every geo-political ward of the federation with a view to take basic primary healthcare services at affordable prices to the doorsteps of the poorest of the poor.
His words: ” The federal Ministry of health government in collaboration with state government and development partners to see that health indices increase in Nigeria, they have approached it with very novel strategy which ensures that the poorest of the poor of the citizens have access to quality and affordable primary healthcare services. Given this provisions,
” My expectations are that Nigerians
Will have access to quality and affordable healthcare facilities and platforms and that out of pocket expenditure of health by Nigerians will reduce significantly and that universal health coverage will increase the poorest of the poor in Nigeria will have , before this government the have talking about National health insurance scheme. out formal sector have been out of the scheme,
” We have had a situation where the 70 percent of the population pay heavily for primary healthcare. With the intervention of the Federal government in form of the National strategic health development plan, the challenge of getting basic primary healthcare to the poorest of the poor is been surmounted, it also means that money will now be available to improve facilities especially the basic health care facilities across the nation, ” he said.