Nigeria Commits To Strengthening Healthcare Infrastructure, Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases And Antimicrobial Resistance


In a recent announcement by Prof. Ali Pate, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Nigeria’s Federal Government is demonstrating a strong commitment to improving healthcare infrastructure and addressing critical health issues. Their focus is on tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and developing comprehensive strategies to combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

During the 73rd session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa, Prof. Ali Pate emphasized Nigeria’s dedication to these vital healthcare initiatives. NTDs, a group of 20 conditions predominantly found in tropical regions, disproportionately affect over one billion people living in underserved communities worldwide.

These diseases earn the label “neglected” due to their limited presence on the global health agenda, inadequate funding, and associations with stigma and social exclusion. Nigeria, as a nation, grapples with conditions like elephantiasis, river blindness, trachoma, and more, impacting its population.

At the event, Prof. Ali Pate, represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Kachollom Daju, underscored the government’s proactive measures to combat AMR, a significant threat to human, animal, and environmental health in the region. He stressed the importance of collecting timely, accurate, and comprehensive data to inform policies and interventions; highlighting efforts to establish robust health information systems.

Furthermore, Prof. Pate acknowledged the progress detailed in the 2022-2023 annual report of the WHO African Region. He emphasized the collective efforts made to advance health and well-being across the continent, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report also recognized notable achievements within Nigeria’s healthcare sector; including the collaborative response to the pandemic and alignment with the pursuit of Universal Health Coverage. Prof. Pate highlighted successful immunization programmes, and the integration of vaccines like the APV vaccine, typhoid conjugate vaccine, and malaria vaccine as significant strides toward disease prevention and community health.






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