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Health ministers assume office, restate commitments to health security, UHC

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Dr Osagie Ehanire and Sen. Adeleke Mamowora, the new Minister of Health and Minister of State for Health, assumed office with commitment to boost health security and Universal Health Coverage, (UHC).

Ehanire, who was the immediate past Minister of State for Health, stated this while interacting with newsmen shortly after assuming office on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that they intend to expand the UHC and improve quality of healthcare services in hospitals.

He assured that they would focus on health security which is in the purview of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and primary health care revitalisation.

Enahire said the ministry would enhance synergy with other relevant stakeholders to improve access to quality healthcare.

On his part, Mamowora promised to work with his closely with colleagues to achieve the three-point agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari in the sector.

Mamowora, also a medical practitioner, said the ministry would work to end inter and intra professional rivalry in the health sector.

He described healthcare sector as a team, but not a solo event, where everybody is important.

Mamowora said the ministry would also strengthen its collaboration and partnership to address access to water and power in health facilities and communities.

“One of the things we were told at the medical school was that some things occur commonly; you talk of cholera and diarrhoea, which occurs due to poor water supply,’’ he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that shortly after the inauguration of the 43 ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, the ministers stepped into the office complex at the Federal Secretariat at about 2 p.m.

The ministers were received by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Abdulaziz Mashi.

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