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2020 Budget: “We Have Placed Priority On Health,” Wike Tells WHO

David Ugbabe

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday, stated that his administration has prioritized the health of the people of the state following the increased budgetary allocation for the health sector in 2020.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative for Nigeria, Dr Peter Lasuba, at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the governor said the budget increase was as a result of his commitment to universal health coverage in the state.

“We have increased the budgetary allocation for the health sector in the 2020 fiscal year. We have placed priority on health. We are expanding our health facilities for the benefit of our people," he said.

He hinted that about 200,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been procured for distribution to the people of Rivers State in the fight against malaria.

Wike emphasized that other sectors may suffer without health as the issue of health is critical to the development of the state.

Therefore, he reiterated that his administration will continue to invest in the health sector.

To this end, Governor Wike said the state's "Contributory Health Insurance Scheme will no longer be voluntary."

He stressed that "Henceforth, it will be compulsory for everyone."

He said that the administration will do everything possible to strengthen its partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO), and other health-related institutions in order to promote the healthcare system in our state.

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