Senate President, Bukola Saraki today attended the launch of the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage. The event which was also attended by the Health Minister, Professor Folorunsho Adewole jumped at us as strange on first sight, so we did some digging and here’s what we found.
First thing to know is that, as the name suggests, the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage is a partnership between the Senate and the House of Representatives that was created by the Senate and House Committees on Health. Both committees have support from the Health Committees in all thirty-six states of the federation and the Federal Ministry of Health.
The Universal Health Coverage (UHC) according to the Senate President is essentially to provide cheaper and financially accessible to Nigerians and especially those in the rural parts.
But how does the National Assembly come in?
The Legislative Network seeks to continually educate the lawmakers on the benefits of funding the Universal Health Coverage appropriately. It also aims at ensuring relevant health laws are passed in time and budget agencies are held accountable for prompt release of allocated funds.
Watch Bukola Saraki speak at the summit today:
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