Deborah Tolu-Kolawole, Abuja
Released August 13, 2021
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi said Thursday the COVID-19 pandemic has caused setbacks in several milestones the nation has set, including universal health care through 2030.
He regretted that COVID-19 disrupted health systems and economies.
Fayemi spoke about private sector interventions in health care organized by the Association of General and Private Practitioners in Abuja during a one-day media dialogue.
Fayemi said Nigeria had set several health milestones before the pandemic started, but the pandemic had set things back.
He said: “Before the pandemic began, we had set several milestones, including universal health coverage by 2030. Still, we are faced with the sad reality that COVID-19 has disrupted health systems and economies.
“In less than two years, the pandemic has caused a setback in development gains over the past 25 years.
“All over the world we have seen the impact of this pandemic on people’s livelihoods. As a country, we are experiencing the worst recession in 40 years.
“But while we are mitigating the immediate effects of the pandemic, we must also focus on rebuilding our economy and health system for tomorrow. an economy and health system resilient to global health crises and economic shocks by prioritizing recovery plans that address multiple challenges. Nigeria can recover in a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient way. ”