NIGERIA’S Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole is set to take the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC candidates to the six south western states and Yoruba speaking people in Kwara and Kogi states under the initiative of ‘Buhari Leekan`Si’.
Adewole, who is an academic administrator turned politician is the motivator of the ‘Buhari Leekan`Si initiative’ which is an operational political structure committed to the propagation of the Buhari achievements in the last 44months as president as a leverage for his reelection in the February 16th, 2019 elections. The initiative as part of its statutory obligation is to encourage participation in the electoral system in all the wards of Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, lagos states, with extension to certain parts of Kwara and Kogi states.
Contained in a press statement issued by the Director of Media & Publicity of the Buhari Leekan`Si initiative, Owoyokun Samson and made available to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital explained that the initiative is to complement the party’s campaign structure, adding that the minister is billed to meet with religious and traditional leaders.
“He will also meet with professionals in all the major sectors who are key components of the Nigeria economy and registered associations of artisans across the states, the aim of the stakeholders meeting is to motivate and persuade them on the need to return Mr. President back to office and all other APC candidates in their respective states so as to complete the restoration agenda which he has kick started in 2015 in all facets of Nigeria including the health sector”.
Adewole continued, “We have built on what we met at the health ministry in November 2015. The Muhammadu Buhari Administration has over the last 3 years conducted strategic repositioning of the nation’s health system. We havee developed the National Health Policy 2016, initiated an ambitious programme of revitalizing 10,000 Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) across 10,000 political wards across the country. We have upgraded over 4000 PHCs in partnership with States governments and development partners.
“We are implementing the Save One Million Lives Initiative to facilitate rapid development by states of the Primary Health Care System. This will provide the opportunity for each State in Nigeria to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) individually. The SOML-PforR’s is focused on improving primary healthcare and increasing insurance coverage especially for the most vulnerable in society. Also, we have developed the Second National Strategic Health Development Plan (2018-2022), re-established the National HIV Treatment and Prevention Programmem. Implementing Upgrade of Cancer Treatment Facilities in 8 Tertiary Health Institutions. The Cancer Centre in National Hospital is fully functional and can treat up to 100 patients daily
“We have equally supported Bio-engineering programme in LUTH and 3 other Institutionsn, initiated a Public-Private Initiative (Bio-Vaccines Nigeria) on local vaccine production. As you may be aware, our vision is to ensure universal coverage, to make health care accessible to all Nigerians irrespective of their social status. Our bid to ensure Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is gaining momentum as we have revived which is a pointer to why our vaccination for children has improved, child and maternal mortality dropped, malaria prevalence crashed and rate of the communicable and non-communicable diseases are on the down ward trend”, he concluded.
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