The Health Sector Reform Coalition, a Civil Society platform in the health sector, has commended the Senate for its passage of the National Health Bill saying that it will bring to an end, disharmony in the health sector and quackery while promoting professionalism.
The coalition however urged the House of Representaives to do same and avoid politicising the passage.
The Executive Secretary of Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria, Dr. Muhammed Lecky, while speaking on behalf of the coalition, told journalists on Friday in Abuja that the bill provided for responsibilities, roles, definitions and limitations of each professional body.
According to him, the bill also creates opportunity for all the health practitioners to make inputs into the annual budgets of the health sector.
He said, “The National Health Bill represents the first attempt to provide legislative framework and dedicated funding sources to support Primary Healthcare and this includes the provision for a National PHC Fund, which will significantly increase government financing for PHC.”
Lecky said, “We as a coalition will remain focussed towards achieving one health voice amongst professional bodies in the health sector. We wish to pledge to Nigerians that we will ensure accountability in the implementation of the bill when it is assented to by Mr President.
“The coalition is happy that the health bill will bring an end to the disagreement among health professionals because it provides for responsibilities, roles, definitions and limitations of each professional body and also creates an opportunity for all the health practitioners to make inputs into the annual budgets of the health sector.”
He added that the coalition will rise to the challenge to ensure things are properly done in the interest of the voiceless, women and children.