The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari declared this when speaking at the launching of the primary health care renewal programme and making of Kuchigoro Primary Health Care Centre as the replica primary health care centre in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
President Buhari said the federal government only accomplished 5% out of 90% of health insurance coverage which was recommended by the WHO (World Health Organisation).
He explained that the renewal programme works with the agenda of APC (All Progressives Congress) party, promising to supports the poor and people living in the rural areas and the vulnerable population in the society, such as women, children under five years and the elderly.
Buhari said his existence at the programme shows how dedication his government has to the health of his people (Nigerians).
President Buhari stated: “Our goal of revitalising the Primary Health Care centres is to ensure that quality basic health care services are delivered to the majority of Nigerians, irrespective of their location in the country.
“Let me state clearly that this revitalisation programme is in alignment with the agenda of our party, the APC. We did promise to provide succour to the poor while at the same time providing for all other segments of the society.
“I am aware that out of pocket payment for health constitutes over 70 per cent of total health expenditure. This is more than the globally recommended 30-40 per cent.
“However, only less than five per cent of the total population is covered by any kind of health insurance or risk protection mechanism, which is against the recommended 90 per cent coverage by the WHO. Our vision is to reverse this unsatisfactory situation and better care for the poor and needy,”
Buhari explained that his government will continue to work on establishment of health care centre in all over the country to meet up with the demands of World Health Organization (WHO).