The Federal Government (FG) plans to cut the country’s drug importation from 60% to 40%, to encourage domestic manufacturing of drugs.
The Special Advisor to the President on Health, Mrs. Salma Anas-Ibrahim, revealed this information at an Abuja workshop designed to improve the World Health Organization’s Nigeria country cooperation strategy.
This is a top item on President Bola Tinubu’s agenda, according to Anas-Ibrahim, to close the gap in the nation’s health sector.
Increase and improve access to equal health care services; as well as national health insurance for at least 40% of Nigeria’s population, are other priority areas. This would ensure that all citizens, particularly the most vulnerable, are covered.
Salma Anas is one of the eight special advisers President Bola Ahmed Tinubu appointed. She was a former commissioner for health in Borno state.
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With more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Mrs. Anas has worked on developing policies, developing strategies, mobilizing resources, and implementing several health programs at the national, regional, and worldwide levels.
Mrs. Anas served as the Federal Ministry of Health’s (FMOH) Director of Family Health Services before to being appointed. She is in charge of several important departments, including those that deal with nutrition, child health, and reproductive health.