Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AFP)
Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed President Goodluck Jonathan for gains attained in the health sector.
The ruling party said the unprecedented attention given to the sector had resulted in better healthcare and increase in life expectancy (52,11) in the country.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the health sector under Jonathan had been given a priority place resulting in the formulation and implementation of strategic policies to strengthen the national health system for effective and affordable delivery of health services to Nigerians as contained in the manifesto of the PDP.
The party said the last four years had witnessed an aggressive reorganization of the health ministry and its paratatals as well as rehabilitation and re-equipping of federal medical institutions.
This included all teaching hospitals, transforming them from consulting clinics they were reduced, to comprehensive secondary and referral life saving institutions.
“We recall that President Goodluck Jonathan had in 2010 launched the National Strategic Health Development Plan (2010-2015) which clearly spelt out government's plans in that very important sector," PDP stated.
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"Four years down the line, the project has been pursued with vigour and unquestionable commitment and the results are palpable."
PDP said using the Saving One Million Lives Initiatives and National Health Insurance Scheme, it was incontrovertible that in the last four years of Jonathan Presidency, Nigerians have more access to adequate and affordable health care, resulting in a record increase in life expectancy in the nation.
“Indeed, over a million lives have been saved directly under the Saving One Million Lives initiative by scaling up cost-effective interventions in maternal and child health care, nutrition, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, malaria control and eradication of polio."
PDP said maternal mortality had dropped by more than 50 percent following the provision of Midwives Service Scheme and the attendant facilities in our hospitals.
The Nigerian child now receives free diabetes treatment in all public hospitals across the country.
“Under the National Strategic Health Development Plan, new technologies in modern medical equipment are now available in most Federal medical institutions, positioning them to handle medical emergencies and disease control," PDP stated.
Thus, cases such as kidney, heart and brain ailments as well as cancer are being effectively handled in Nigeria at present, PDP added.
It added that the repositioning of the sector under President Jonathan enabled the country to achieve the globally acknowledged feat on the control of Ebola Virus Disease, which has made the health system a model for other countries.
“In the same vein, the country recorded another health milestone with the eradication of polio. Following our aggressive drive, no new case of the disease has been recorded in the last six months and this qualifies Nigeria to be declared polio-free this month in line with global requirements.”