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BACKGROUND OF CHERISH HEALTH CARE TRUST LTD
The Healthcare system in Nigeria is grossly inadequate in service delivery to match the requirements of its teeming population. Our health indices rank among some of the worst in the world, with figures which are a far cry from global benchmarks. World health report of 2000 rated the health system attainment and performance of 191 countries and Nigeria ranked 187 out of 191 in overall health system performance, 184 on the attainment of goals and 176 in health expenditure per capital (in international dollars). Decades after, we are yet to make significant improvements in our health indices from the results of similar rankings on health system performance.
Data from the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2013 puts Infant Mortality Rate at 69 deaths per 1000 live births, under 5 mortality rate at 128 deaths per 1000 live births and maternal mortality ratio at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births, as opposed to the SDG 3 aims to bring the under 5 mortality rate as low to at least 25 deaths per 1000 live births and maternal mortality ratio to as low as less than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2030
The government, however, in efforts to improve the overall health system has set out some key strategies to implement its policy on HealthCare as part of the economic recovery and growth plan (ERGP) for 2017 to 2020. The aims of this policy include;
To improve the availability, accessibility, affordability, and quality of health services
To expand health coverage to all Local Governments ( by revitalizing 10,000 primary health care centers and establish at least 1 functional PHC in each ward)
To provide sustainable financing for the Healthcare sector ( including expanding NHIS towards Universal Health Coverage, enforcing Tertiary Institution Social Health Insurance Program and pilot the Public Primary Pupils Social Health Insurance Program)
To reduce infant and maternal mortality rates
To achieve these aims, there is the need for private sector-driven interventions in addition to government efforts, with collaborations that will include technology and business sectors amongst others.