Shettima says FG is working to strengthen healthcare finance in Nigeria.



Vice President Kassim Shettima on Wednesday reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to strengthening health financing and accountability, including vaccines and immunization programs in Nigeria.

In a statement signed by Press Secretary Stanley Nkwocha, Shettima said the President Bola Ahmadu Tinubu-led administration will redefine the concept of modern leadership in this country, especially as it affects the welfare of Nigerians. He said he was irrevocably devoted to this.

According to a statement by Nkwocha, the Vice President gave this assurance during a high-level strategic meeting on Gabi Alliance support to the Nigerian government held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Senator Shettima further commended the Alliance’s valuable contribution to improving vaccine coverage in Nigeria, noting the significant increase from 33% to 57% since 2016.

“We are facing some fiscal and financial challenges, but where there is a will, there is always a way,” Shettima said.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is irrevocably determined to redefine the meaning and concept of modern leadership in this country.

“We are committed to the welfare of the nation,” the Vice President said, while also acknowledging Gabi’s important role in Nigeria’s polio eradication efforts.

While highlighting the government’s dedication to sustainable domestic financing and exploring innovative financing mechanisms for the immunization program, Vice President Shettima also highlighted the last reported case in 2016.

He added: “We appreciate Mr. Gabi’s support in strengthening vaccine supply chain management and cold chain infrastructure.”

“This has helped ensure that the vaccine is available to all Nigerians.”

The Vice President asked for Mr. Gabi’s continued support and outlined Nigeria’s plans for post-pandemic recovery and the integration of immunization services within the broader health strategy.

He stressed the need to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vaccination programs and rebuild resilient health systems.

“We are grateful for Gabi’s unwavering commitment to Nigeria’s vaccination drive,” he continued.

“We look forward to continued collaboration with Gavi and other stakeholders to achieve universal immunization coverage and ensure the well-being of all Nigerians.”

Source: guardian.ng

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