President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Finance to include the basic healthcare provision fund in the 2016 Budget.
Speaking at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during an event marking Nigeria’s delisting as a polio endemic country, the President expressed pleasure that Nigeria did not record any case of polio in the last one year.
He said Nigeria is working on a revised National Health Policy, which would have the achievement of Universal Health Coverage as its main ultimate goal.
“The National Health Act has made provision for universal access to basic healthcare with a focus on the poor and the vulnerable as well as the basic healthcare provision funds to support its implementation,” Buhari said.
“I have already instructed the Federal Ministry of Finance to provide for the basic healthcare provision fund under the 2016 Budget Appropriation.
“For 14 consecutive months, Nigeria has not recorded any new case of polio virus. This, as I had been briefed, is the first step towards certification of Nigeria as polio virus free country by WHO in the next two years.”
The president stressed that efforts to eradicate polio from Nigeria started in 1998, which has taken a lot of toll on the country in terms of human and material resources.
He promised that his administration will not relent from saving the children from polio scourge.
“I want to assure you that there will be no complacency, as we will maintain and improve on our surveillance system as well as raise the childhood population immunity against the polio virus to avoid any spread of the disease.
“The federal government will sustain the current momentum and we shall continue to regard this campaign as an emergency until we are declared polio free in the next two years.”