By Iyemah David
Dr Salma Anas-Ibrahim, the Special Adviser to the President on Health, said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope health agenda focuses on aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Dr Salma Anas stated this on Saturday in Abuja, at a dinner in her honour, organised by the Southern Borno Stakeholders Forum.
She said that the agenda aims to address key challenges and gaps in healthcare systems to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare services, and called for improved collaboration from health stakeholders.
According to her, the SDGs provide a framework for global development efforts, including Goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”
The special adviser emphasised the importance of collaboration and partnerships to achieve universal coverage and improve health outcomes in the country.
Dr Salma explained that Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda aimed to achieve health for all through an efficient and effective universal health care coverage system, using the continuum model as contained in the SDGs.
She said that the agenda includes specific strategies and initiatives to address issues such as healthcare financing, infrastructure development, health workforce capacity building, and health information.
She said that by aligning with the SDGs, the agenda would contribute to the global efforts towards achieving universal health coverage and promoting health equity in the country.
“President Tinubu is very passionate about Nigerian’s health and upgraded me to be his special adviser, and my passion for improving access to quality Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Adolescent, and Elderly Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) services, including sexual and reproductive rights, as well as gender-based violence will continue,” Dr Salma said.
She said that this government would be collaborating with the Public-Private Partnership (PPP), to ensure the health of Nigerians.
She said that by leveraging the expertise and resources of the private sector it would improve access to basic healthcare services for Nigerians.