The federal government is actively pursuing investments in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) within the healthcare sector to enhance the quality of healthcare services provided to Nigerians,Daily Trust reports.
Dr. Salma-Anas Ibrahim, the Special Adviser to the President on Health, made this announcement during a dinner held in her honor by the Southern Borno Stakeholders Forum in Abuja on Sunday. She emphasized that by leveraging the expertise and resources of the private sector, access to fundamental healthcare services for Nigerians would be significantly improved.
Dr. Salma-Anas further highlighted that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, under the Renewed Hope Agenda, is committed to establishing an effective universal healthcare coverage system aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She pointed out that the President has a deep concern for the well-being of women, children, and the health of all Nigerians, which led to her appointment as his Special Adviser on Health.
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Dr. Aminu Magashi, the Coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), called for enhanced collaboration between the Special Adviser on Health and various entities, including the Office of the National Security Adviser, the biosafety agency, and the broader healthcare sector. This collaboration, he believed, would strengthen Nigeria’s health security agenda.
Vice President Kashim Shettima praised Dr. Salma-Anas as one of the administration’s most capable individuals, citing her extensive experience and exposure in countries such as Yemen, Egypt, and Somalia. He also commended her past contributions to the healthcare sector in Borno State and expressed confidence that she would drive positive change within the country’s healthcare sector.