Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the federal and state governments cannot adequately provide quality health care for the Nigerian population.
Osinbajo, who was represented by Nicolas Audiferren, his chief physician, said this on Tuesday at the national health dialogue organised by Premium Times in Abuja.
He said an effective National Health Insurance Scheme is the answer to the recurrent problem of inadequate medicare across the country.
“It has become obvious that the government, both at the state and federal levels, cannot adequately provide health care services. That’s the simple truth,” he said.
“Our view is that an effective national health insurance scheme remains the best option for the development of our sector and for efficient health care services in this country.”
He however said the government is dedicated to attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all Nigerians.
Chiedo Nwankwo, a medical doctor who spoke at the event said Nigeria is one of the worst places for maternal, newborn childcare in the world. She said the poor did not have to spend the little they have and get impoverished in their quest for quality health care.
She urged state and non-state actors to do more in order to improve healthcare.