Minister of Health Rallies International Collaboration


As the quest to transform Nigeria’s health sector continues the Minister of Health, Muhammad Pate, is building international support and collaborations. The minister said this is geared towards achieving the campaign promises contained in the renewed hope initiative of President Bola Tinubu.

The minister recently led a delegation to Brussels to explore collaboration opportunities that will be of mutual benefit to both the key European public and the private sector entities.

Mr. Pate revealed this via a post on X and noted that the dialogue was also to advance Nigeria or Africa’s aspiration to optimise the healthcare value chain, and improve health security.

He said that partners like the European Commission, European Investment Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation European Office, and several global and regional private sector investors and industry leaders, as well as Nigerian and African startups, businesses, and leaders, are key to driving the transformation.

As part of the Collaboration efforts, Mr. Pate also said that Nigeria will soon announce key steps towards a major venture and equity fund. “This will come as a strategic structural intervention to shape the biomedical entrepreneurship space in Nigeria looking towards the promising pan-African landscape,” he noted

“And this will be something the European, and indeed other investors, will find very exciting. To quote our President, ” …and the health sector has an important part to play.

“This will enable Nigerian manufacturers to thrive, and more importantly, spur the flow of foreign direct investments in health,” he added, not forgetting to include the commitment of the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite, to supporting the initiative via enabling policies.

Highlighting the opportunities and plans for the health sector, the minister said: “as we leave Brussels, Belgium, “capital” of the European Union, to head home to Abuja, we have a strong sense of fulfilment and appreciation for the great support and encouragement we received all around.

“Impressive initial pipeline of potential invisible opportunities, ranging from diagnostics and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, creation of an Abuja biomedical campus and ecosystem, and network of private sector managed world-class CEOs.

“Also, we’re targeting the training of health talent, and EU-Africa explores managed migration in the health sector. There’s a strong potential to advance medical textiles manufacturing, malaria, #RMNCH, and a closed franchise on cardiovascular and breast cancer diagnostics.”

Mr Pate noted that the delegation also comprised of the Minister of State for the FCT, Mariya Bunkure; the National Coordinator of the Health Care Value Chain Initiative, Director General, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Obi Adigwe, and FCT Mandate Secretary for Health, Dolapo Fasawe.

Earlier in 2022, the Minister of Health had noted that building a resilient, equitable, affordable, and quality health system is one of his major priorities for the country’s health sector, and posted a series of messages on the X platform to list his priority areas.

He said one of his major priorities in the health sector is to strengthen governance and institutions under the sector, adding that there will be smart and effective regulations and digitalisation of the health system under his leadership.

Mr Pate said his focus includes “strengthening health sector governance and institutions, smart and effective regulations, digitisation, enhancing citizen voices and our responsiveness, and making sure no one is left behind.”

He said his leadership will ensure to provide an affordable and quality health system that will improve health outcomes by delivering preventive, promotive, and curative services, both in primary healthcare and hospitals.















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