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​Health care: WHO asks Nigeria to emulate Rwanda, Ghana

The World Health Organisation has commended Rwanda, Ghana and four other African countries for improving access to health care.
The WHO, however, called on Nigeria to translate its political will to action in order to change its current health care coverage which is less than five per cent.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said at least, six African countries had shown that the Universal Health Coverage was possible if a mechanism could be put in place such that people, especially the poor, would not have to pay for health “out-of-pocket”.
Moeti, whose speech was read by the Country Representative of the organisation in Nigeria, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, said nations must also ensure that the problem of lack of health personnel was addressed.
He said, “Several countries in the region (Africa), including Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Liberia, Senegal and Uganda, have demonstrated that removing user fees systematically increases utilisation rates of health services.
“Rwanda’s health insurance scheme expanded access to quality health services for poor people from seven per cent in 2003 to 91 per cent in 2010. Member states should also address the persistent challenge of inadequate health workforce.”
Speaking on the health sector in Nigeria, Alemu said Nigeria must be able to replicate the achievements of Rwanda.
He, however, advised Nigeria to fashion out a style of implementation that would suit its own peculiarities.

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