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States controlled by the All Progressives Congress (APC) have resolved to establish a health emergency trust fund and health insurance in order to have sustainable financing for health care.

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This is contained in a communique from a meeting of all APC state Commissioners of Health and Executive Secretaries of Primary Health Care Development Agency which was signed by the Commissioner of Health, Kwara State, Dr Raji Razaq and the Director-General of Progressives Governors Forum, Mr Salihu Lukman.

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The meeting, which was held in Kwara State, also resolved that APC States would comply with the Federal Government’s declaration of 15% annual allocation and release to health care services.

Other resolutions include; “APC States to domesticate Primary Health Care under one roof in line with Federal Government policy initiative under the National Primary Health Care Development Authority.

“Priority consideration to be given to Maternal and Child Nutrition in Primary Health Care Delivery Services.

“APC States to strengthen coordination of initiatives to fast-track implementation of PGF Policy initiatives on Maternal and Child Health Services Delivery.

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“Initiatives to revitalise Primary Health Care Services, beyond erecting structures but also guaranteeing sustainable funding of facility operations to be prioritised.

“Public health care services should be data-driven with the appropriate ICT.

“Undertake to strengthen regular processes of information sharing on issues of primary health care delivery among APC controlled States to facilitate synergy of initiatives and proactive responses.

“COVID 19 response efforts, including immunisation, should be sustained in APC States,” the communique read.

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Everyone in attendance at the meeting agreed to continually share information, ideas and knowledge through this kind of meeting and the PGF Secretariat to promote synergy across the member States and facilitate greater cooperation for sustainable development and improved primary health care delivery in the APC States.

Present at the meeting were the World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo and the Representative of the Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Abdullahi Bulama Garba.

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