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Tinubu Approves National Health Fellows Programme Establishment In All 774 LGAs

President Tinubu is set to construct over 8,800 new primary healthcare centres across Nigeria.

President Bola Tinubu has approved the establishment of a National Health Fellows Programme, with young Nigerians to be engaged in all the 774 local government areas in the country.

This is in line with his determination to comprehensively upgrade existing primary healthcare centres and construct over 8,800 new primary healthcare centres across all local government areas in the country for accessible and qualitative healthcare delivery with the provision of new social accountability mechanisms.

According to a release issued on Monday by presidential spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, the well-trained fellows will serve as fiduciary agents to monitor and track primary healthcare centre development and performance, which is to be  measured against all financial inflows to the centres nationwide.

The fellowship programme will be domiciled in the Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) coordination office under the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

The fellows will be recruited, remunerated, and equipped with appropriate tools to track the performance of Basic Health Care Provision Fund-supported health facilities across the nation.

“Tinubu, who is the African Union Champion for Human Resources in Healthcare, places faith in young Nigerians, and expects that their engagement in this critical nation-building task, which also includes a daily monitoring and tracking of health reforms in their locations, will usher in a new era of world-class service provision to all Nigerians in every part of the country” the statement said.

Deji Elumoye

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