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Nigerian Government establishes National Health Fellows Programme

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*The Federal Government explains the well-trained Fellows on the programme  will serve as fiduciary agents to monitor and track Primary Healthcare Centre development and performance for measurement against all financial inflows to the centres across Nigeria

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the establishment of the National Health Fellows Programme, with young Nigerian Fellows to be engaged in all the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the West African country.

Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential Spokesman, Monday, April 8, 2024, stated President Tinubu approved the establishment of the programme in 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.

Ngelale said the well-trained Fellows would serve as fiduciary agents to monitor and track Primary Healthcare Centre development and performance, which is to be assiduously measured against all financial inflows to the centres nationwide.

The statement also noted: “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 nationwide.”

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity explained Tinubu, who is the African Union Champion for Human Resources in Healthcare, places faith in young Nigerians.

According to the statement, the Nigerian leader equally expects that youth engagement in this critical nation-building task, will include a daily monitoring and tracking of health reforms in their locations, to usher in a new era of world-class service provision to all Nigerians in every part of the country.

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