The vice president, Kashim Shettima, has stated that the Tinubu administration’s top priority in the health sector will be boosting domestic health financing, industrialization, and better health results.
According to a statement released by the Director of Information, Vice President Office, Mr Shettima made this statement on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the Presidential Villa from a group from the Global Health Partners, which includes the Global Fund, the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and the US President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The Vice President pledged the political backing of the President to “improve health outcomes for all Nigerians; increased domestic financing for health; and promoting health industrialization.” He also reaffirmed the commitment of the Tinubu administration to revamping Nigeria’s healthcare system.
He stated that he is making three significant pledges on President Tinubu’s behalf. Additionally, he advised Nigerians and delegates to trust that his word is good.
“I want to assure you that we are determined to catapult the nation to a higher pedestal. We are committed to changing the narrative of inclusive growth, of a Nigeria where every black man will be proud of.”
He went on to say that President Tinubu is a visionary who has the fortitude to stand up for what he believes in.
Ali Pate, the minister of health, has perfect credentials, according to Mr. Shittima.
The vice president further stated that Mr. Pate is a well-known public health practitioner with the exposure, experience, and dedication to spearhead the change we want to see in the healthcare industry.
In order to realise the President’s vision for all Nigerians, the Vice President asked the Global Health Partners and other stakeholders in the health sector to assist the new leadership in the Health Ministry.
In earlier remarks, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, stated that the purpose of the global health partners’ visit was to assess the progress made thus far and reaffirm to the Tinubu administration their commitment to the fight against, among other things, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.
According to John Nkengasong, the US Global AIDS Coordinator, the visit, which took place in conjunction with the celebration of the US Government’s 20 years of support for Nigeria’s fight against HIV/AIDS through the PEPFAR initiative, gave the partners a chance to understand the goals and strategies of the Tinubu administration for the health sector.
He praised the administration and noted that the Health Minister’s dedication to creating a comprehensive healthcare system for the nation and his clear vision will aid the partners in coordinating their objectives for the various initiatives.
Both David Walton of the President’s Malaria Initiative and Peter Sands of the Global Fund praised the Federal Government for its efforts to combat malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis and urged all stakeholders to maintain the momentum, particularly in the effort to achieve the 2030 target of eradicating HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
At the meeting, every partner vowed to support and cooperate with the Tinubu government in order to carry out its mission and vision for the health sector.