The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has called for the collaboration of stakeholder to enable the ministry achieve the agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari on health.
Adewole made the call when he addressed newsmen shortly after he assumed duty with the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The minister, who held brief meeting with the directors, said “for the apex policy on health to be achieved, we need to work together and working together means we can make a huge difference.
“We have been described as a generation that enjoyed better health when we were young than now and our aim is to bring back the health care system we enjoyed when we were young.’’
Adewole said a number of restructuring would be carried out for the present administration to achieve its target on health.
“There are quite a number of restructuring that we need to do to ensure that the next generation enjoy something better.
“We will need to look at how we can work with other tiers of government, the secondary and primary health care system.
“This means that we need to work with the state and local government, but the leadership will rest in the ministry and we will provide the direction,’’ he said.
The minister also said that the women and child health care would be given adequate attention.
He said this would be achieved by equipping the Teaching Hospitals and setting targets and roadmap in the next four weeks to enable us tells what had been achieved.
Ehanire, on his part, said the aim of the present administration was to deliver health care services from the grassroots level to the federal.
He said that the ministry had enormous challenge since health was important for everybody.
The minister of state said that the ministry would work with what was on ground because of paucity of funds, adding that “the essence of efficiency is being able to manage things prudently’’.
The new Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Amina Shamaki, pledged that the staff would give the ministers all the support they needed to succeed. (NAN)