New Health Minister, Pate Assumes Office, Pledges To Revamp Sector

(Right) Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, (Left) Dr. Tunji Alausa, Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare.

The Newly appointed Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, has pledged his commitment to ensuring the effective implementation of policies that would enhance the standard of the Health Sector and improve the lives of Nigerians.

Director (Media & Public Relations), Federal Ministry of Health, Patricia Deworitshe announced the development in a statement issued on Monday, August 21, 2023.

Deworitshe said, the New Minister made the pledge at the reception ceremony held at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.

According to him, “I will work with my brother, the Minister of State and everybody to actualize the vision and mandate of President Bola Tinubu” adding that the selection of Ministers for the Health Ministry by the President indicates that “he considers the people as the bases and foundational element of his administration”.

The Minister adduced that “my tenure will enhance the welfare, health, and well-being of the people since they are inter-connected right from gestation to early childhood to adulthood and the elderly all across life circle”.

He assured that the duties and obligations of the Health Ministry in the area of stabilising and reducing pain, whether physical pain or financial protection would be addressed so that people will actually begin to feel the impact of the administration on their lives.

The Minister said, he is ready to work with the Minister of State, Staff of the Ministry, other Agencies, and stakeholders to shape a direction for the Nigerian Health Sector and move it forward.

He further stated his intention to work with health actors, parastatals, hospitals, states, and private sectors in improving the standard of healthcare, in order to stall oversea medical tourism.

Also speaking, the Minister of State, Dr. Tunji Alausa (FMoH) commended the management and staff of the Ministry for the warm reception while asserting that health care covers not only hospitals but physical health, social security, national security, and others.

He stated that people deserve basic comprehensive internationally acceptable healthcare services, promising that they are determined to achieve this feat to improve lives.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Daju Kachollom assured the Ministers that the Staff of the Ministry are determined to give their unalloyed support to ensure they succeed.

While highlighting the mandate, mission, and vision obligations of the Ministry, she promised that “we will provide expertise in the administrative standard that will move the health sector forward”.

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