Nigeria Health Policy Forum
An unprecedented but fascinating scenario played out recently on the
pages of a Nigerian national daily. This was the public dialogue be-
tween a sitting and former Federal Minister of Health. Notwithstand-
ing the bric-a-brac, my clear understanding of the core issue at
stake in the dialogue centred on:
* Setting and implementing policy priorities in health in Nigeria
Thanks to a not too distant exposure to the free market of ideas, one
of the parties (guess who?) expressed the strong view that public
policies in health indeed should (a) be generated by and implemented
with the full support of the public, and (b) serve the public purpose
well. The other party held the traditional view that governmental
public policy matters are the sole and unquestioning responsibility
of a cohort of officials and their 'apparitiks' as part of the "Offi-
cial Secrets" process so to say.
I completely share the view of the party that seeks to put public
health policy discussions and issues with respect to: agenda setting,
implementation, monitoring, evaluation and feedback, in the public
Consequently I believe that the significance of the public "Ministe-
rial Dialogue" should not be lost to all those who seek for a better
health system in Nigeria.
Members of the Nigerian and international civil society with stakes
in the Nigerian health system should seize the opportunity created by
the "Ministerial Dialogue" to initiate a forum - for the free discus-
sion and setting of appropriate people-centred and driven public
policies for better health for all Nigerians.
I have proposed the name - NIGERIA HEALTH POLICY FORUM and invite all
interested parties to help shape the formation of the Forum. In con-
tributing ideas, please address such Forum formation issues as: (a)
Charter, (b) Aims and Objectives, (c) Legal issues and Logistics of
Formation, (d) Governance (e) Funding (f) Platform and modalities for
action, (g) System/mechanisms for integrating all stakeholders in
I would be pleased to coordinate actions towards the formation of the
FORUM and therefore volunteer to make the administrative resources of
the Centre for Health Policy and Strategic Studies in Lagos available
for the intended purpose.
Please mail all contributions to:
Centre for Health Policy and Strategic Studies
34 Town Planning Way, Ilupeju
P.O. Box 7597, Ikeja, Lagos
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