The special assistant for young people and students to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Ahmadu Jubril, has told Nigerians to expect an overhaul of the Nigerian health sector if Bello is elected president in 2023.
Jibril made this known on Saturday at the 2021 Nigeria Medical Students Association (NIMSA) International Health Summit at Baze University, Abuja, where he represented the governor.
This is also how Jibril congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts to boost the health sector under his administration.
Jibril urged Nigerians to expect all the benefits of an efficient health system, such as state-of-the-art hospitals and facilities, improved salaries for doctors, insurance policies, among others under President Bello .
Jibril said Governor Bello has built an efficient and reliable health system under his New Direction government that he is ready to replicate in the country as president.
“For a country to function, three sectors are very important; The first is the health sector, the second is the education sector and the third is the security sector.
“These are part of the basis that we are bringing together here today, to identify how we can improve the quality of our lives through the quality of medical services to our people.
“As governor, he was able to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in a very miraculous way so that we did not die like we assumed.
“As governor he was able to build three state-of-the-art hospitals, as governor he is working to create the largest diagnostic center in Nigeria, West Africa.
“If, as governor, he has improved and increased the salaries and wages of our doctors in the state, how much more should we expect if he answers the Nigerians’ bugle call.
“My governor has identified the three cardinal ways that we can improve on the quality of the health of the nation;
“One is the workforce, I am bold to say that Kogi is one of the states that pay the salaries of doctors in the country.
“Second, the infrastructure. My governor, out of love and passion for the health sector, created three state-of-the-art hospitals, which we call referral hospitals in the three senatorial districts.
“And insurance policies that allow civil servants to benefit from medical services. It’s one of the things we enjoy in Kogi State, ”Jibril said.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the summit, whose theme is “Noncommunicable Diseases in the Age of COVID-19. Cancer as a Case Study ”, spawned the launch of the NIMSA policy document.
The policy document aims to advocate for medical insurance and rape prevention.
Jibril praised the medical students for developing a policy document, adding that it was a step in the right direction to get involved in the governance process in the country.
He said young people and students cannot achieve the desired change they are calling for if they get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and get involved in the governance process.
“I want to encourage you, as students, to take two more bold steps; the first is that you have developed a policy, the next is to follow the policy and pass it to a bill for a National Assembly to be adopted.
“Second, get involved in the governance process. Only then can we make a change, can we see that your policies are being implemented, ”Jibril said.
reports that the event was attended by former Senate Speaker Bukola Saraki, Ms. Zainab Bagudu, wife of the Governor of Kebbi State, and Dr. Baba Ahmed, owner of Baze University, among others.
Bello also received a Distinguished Leadership Award from the organization.
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