Our Government and the Health sector

You could not make this up…but this is how our health sector is being run…

2 years after a failing agency the National Programme for Immunisation was absorbed into a failed agency the National Primary Health Care Development Agency a bill has just been sent to the National Assembly to amend the National Primary Health Care Development Agency Act, 1992 and repeal the National Programme on Immunisation Act, 1997.

…yet the gist out of Nigeria is that “immunisation” is about to be taken out of National Primary Health Care Development Agency back to the Ministry of Health, Department of Public Health; where it was before the formation of NPI in 1997!!!! Carousel chairs…our favourite pass-time…

No mention of health in our president’s independence address ...no surprise there.

Look who is intervening….Senate would soon set guidelines for the operations of the National Hospital, Abuja, having concluded public hearing on activities of the hospital.

And …the Federal Government announces the introduction of yearly “Know-Your-Status Week,” as part of the war (what war?) against the pandemic. ….

Join us in trying to put health back on the agenda of governance in Nigeria at a conference in London on the 22nd of November 2008.

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (www.epiafric.com), which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

Discussion1 Comment

  1. just wondering whats happening to the case of the ministers of health Gabriel Adukwu and Adenike Grange, are they back in the cabinet? Has the case been thrown out?

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