JOHESU Faults Composition Of FG’S Health Sector Reform Committee

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A screengrab shows JOHESU President, Biobelemonye Josiah (from left), and other union leaders at a meeting with the government in Abuja on September 7, 2021.

 

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has rejected the composition of the National Health Reforms Committee approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It criticised the Federal Government for ignoring all other health professionals to be included in the committee headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The union stated this in a letter by its acting National Secretary, M. O. Ajorutu, dated September 9 and addressed to the President.

It stressed that physicians make up over 95 per cent of its membership and wondered why they were left out.

The letter also stated that a committee of such nature has slots for the Director-General of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC), but excluded other important agencies.

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One of such agencies, according to JOHESU, is the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) which regulates all drugs, medical devices, equipment, and chemicals, which are the essential tools and commodities that drive any credible health system.

The union also observed that the inclusion of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) was only a professional association representation.

It stressed that it was unthinkable for the government to ignore a union like JOHESU in the composition of such a committee.

President Buhari had approved the setting up of the Health Sector Reform Committee to commence the development and implementation of a health sector reform programme for Nigeria.

A statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, on Monday last week revealed that the committee was to work in collaboration with the state governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration.

The committee was directed to undertake a review of all healthcare reforms adopted in the past two decades and lessons learned and factor them into the development of the new health sector reform programme.

Its members were drawn from private and public sector health care management professionals, development partners, representatives from the National Assembly, as well as the Nigeria Governors Forum, among others.

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