Osinbajo heads Health sector reform body

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A national Health Sector Reform Committee has been raised by the Federal Government to review of all healthcare reforms adopted in the past two decades.

Vice President Yemi Osibanjo heads the committee that will implement a Health Sector Reform programme for Nigeria in collaboration with the State Governments and the FCT administration.

The step is sequel to a Health Sector Diagnostic Review Report developed by a consultant, Vesta Healthcare Partners and the Federal Ministry of Health.

The committee has a six month mandate to review all healthcare reforms adopted in the past two decades and lessons learnt and factor them into the development of the new Health Sector Reform Programme.

Members are drawn from private and public sector health care management professionals, development partners, representatives from the National Assembly as well as the Nigeria Governors Forum among others.

Among them are Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa; Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Director General, BPE, Alex Okoh; Emir of Shonga, Dr Hakiru Yahaya; Prof Ibrahim Abubakar; Director General, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council, Babatunde Irukera; Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe; Dr. Adedamola Dada; Dr. Sani Aliyu; Dr. Mairo Mandara; Professor Uche Amazigbo ; Director Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health; Dr Faisal Shuaib; Prof Nasiru Sambo; Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa; Dr Gambo Aliyu;

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Others in the committee are: Dr Betta Edu ( Chairman Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum representing National Council on Health); President Nigeria Medial Association; President Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; President National Association of Nigeria Nurses & Midwives; President Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria ; Mrs Temi Marcella Awogboro ; Dr. Muhammad Sadiq; Dr. Azubike Tagbo and World Health Organization, Nigeria.

Vesta Healthcare Partners and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are to serve as resources persons and have observer roles in the committee.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The President has named him as a member of this important committee.