Legislative Network for UHC Summit — Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security in Nigeria

Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Chairman Senate Committee on Health, speaking at the opening ceremony of the fourth Annual Legislative Summit on UHC. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch
The Health Security panel session discussed Nigeria’s health security gaps and strategies at the summit. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
  1. In a bid to strengthen governance and leadership of the health system legislatively, the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage committed to creating strong legal frameworks to strengthen the healthcare system.
  2. In encouraging local resource mobilisation, the network committed to designing institutional arrangements for resource mobilisation through pro-health/sin taxes on alcohol, sugar, tobacco and mining.
  3. There were additional commitments aimed at closing health service delivery and health security infrastructure gaps in the country, ensuring that current National Assembly targets of allocating 8–9% of the country’s annual budget to health are achieved before the end of its tenure, amending the National Health Act to split the allocated 5% for emergency into 3% for Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and 2% for medical emergencies, and ensuring that states key into all the health policies particularly the full implementation of State Social Health Insurance Schemes and Primary Health Care.

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