Our target is to reduce 50% of medical tourism by 2027 – UHC

NEWS DIGEST – Stakeholders have set a target to reduce medical tourism by 50 per cent before 2027, during the citizen-led health agenda development workshop which took place in Abuja on Thursday.

The workshop was organized by Universal Health Coverage 2023 Forum, a coalition of citizen and stakeholders in health sector to increase Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals ahead of the 2023 election.

The workshop gave an open room to participants to make suggestions on how to improve the health sector to actualise their targets ahead of 2027.

The participants were shared into groups to draft a workable ‘health manifesto’ that political elites can adopt as the electioneering year approaches.

At the end of the day, three groups come up with different suggestions on a workable health manifesto.

The first group suggested that medical tourism should be reduced by 50 per cent through Public-Private Partnership, medical manpower, training and boosting confidence in the health system.

While the other groups recommended that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) coverage should be scaled from 7 per cent to 60 per cent, while the annual allocation for health should be increased from an average of 5 per cent of the total budget to 15 per cent within the period.

After all the suggestions and recommendation, the participants agreed that a five-men committee would be set up to review the agenda and recommendations.

A Senior Health Advisor at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat, Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab, says to the selected men committee to look at the intervention that will benefit the populace.

“The interventions to be prioritized on the health agenda should be politically correct, technically sound, and simple for the general public to understand,” he added.