President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged Nigeria’s continuous support for the Economic Community of West African States to realize the objectives of regional integration and peaceful co-existence that inspired its creation on May 28, 1975. President Buhari made the pledge when he welcomed the outgoing President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Ouedraogo, to the State House in Abuja He said the gains recorded so far in collectively providing peace in the sub-region and curtailing health challenges were major achievements of ECOWAS that must be sustained, adding that the pursuit of the laudable goals of the regional economic bloc will always remain a top priority for Nigeria.
The president also commended Ouedraogo for his diligence and visionary leadershipMEANWHILE, President Buhari has assured pharmaceutical companies in the country of governmental support to enable them produce essential drugs locally, instead of relying on wholesale importation.
Speaking while receiving a team of medical experts led by Olu Akinkugbe and constituted by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library to develop an agenda for the health sector in the country, the president said privatization of health care institutions will exclude the poor and the vulnerable from accessing healthcare.
The team had earlier given insights into its agenda for the health sector which include proposals on healthcare financing, developing health intelligence/observatory to preempt epidemics, simultaneous focus on primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare and preventing labor unrests in the health sector.
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