Pate will give the health sector top priority

Oct 11, 2023 | Health | 0 comments

Prof. Ali Pate, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, in charge of coordination

Prof. Ali Pate, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, has stated that his goals for the nation’s health sector include ensuring effective, resilient, affordable quality health systems and strengthening health sector governance and institutions.

Prof. Pate also stated that his priorities for the healthcare industry include medical industrialization, unlocking healthcare value chains, and integrating health security into economic and national security.

On Monday night, Pate revealed this in tweets under the handle @muhammadpate.

He claimed that when he took the job, President Bola Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda required him to transform the health sector.

The minister stated, “I took office as the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare @Fmohnigeria a couple of weeks ago with the mandate to transform Nigeria’s healthcare system for improved health outcomes in line with His Excellency President Bola A. Tinubu GCFR @officialABAT Renewed Hope Agenda.”

Our agenda focuses on four pillars:

  • Enhancing citizen voices and our responsiveness.
  • Strengthening health sector governance and institutions.
  • Intelligent and effective regulations.
  • Digitization.
  • Ensuring that no one is left behind.

Delivering preventive, promotional, and curative services at primary healthcare facilities and hospitals by appropriately trained and motivated health workforce and through sustainable domestic financing will improve health outcomes.

“Medical industrialization and unlocking the value chains in healthcare to foster job creation and economic growth.

The global vaccine expert emphasized the importance of “embedding health security as part of economic and national security.”

He continued, “With commitment from all levels of our government, sectors, and partners, we will realize our vision of a healthy, prosperous, and thriving Nigeria, even though the task is enormous and the journey is lengthy. We will carry out this with the utmost openness and integrity.

According to The PUNCH, Pate resigned from his position as Gavi’s chief executive officer six weeks before taking it on.

Following the announcement of his appointment by the international health organization on February 13, 2023, Pate was scheduled to resume his duties as the CEO of Gavi on August 3, 2023.

However, GAVI noted in a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday that it had decided to name a new CEO since Pate would no longer serve in that capacity.

Pate informed the Gavi board in the statement that he had been asked to “return and contribute to his home country, Nigeria.”

However, Pate has reaffirmed Gavi’s pledge to prioritise Nigeria when distributing the malaria vaccine and to support the nation’s general healthcare system.

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