Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, stated this when Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, briefed the leadership of the Senate on the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Service providers (CHIPS) – a programme of the agency.
“I was a governor in my state for eight years and I have practical experience. If we have these pockets of projects scattered across different programs in the healthcare sector we will not achieve what we are meant to achieve.
“We must have something that is sustainable — something that we are sure will always be maintained, always have provisions for human resources and always have adequate funding. This must be a holistic approach,” Saraki stated.
Saraki also challenged the Executive Director and all agencies under the Federal Ministry of Health to come up with a comprehensive programme that integrates all existing healthcare programmes in the country under one umbrella for better coordination and funding.
“The National Assembly will ensure that the health sector gets 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for healthcare. However, right now, I am told that one of the major issues that is coming up is where exactly that money is going to be housed. There must be a clear message on how these funds will be applied.