Tinubu approves establishment of National Health Fellows Programme


President Bola Tinubu has authorised the National Health Fellows Programme, which will involve young Nigerian fellows in all 774 local government areas across the country.

Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement issued on Monday.

He stated that the President approved this as part of his commitment to comprehensively upgrading existing primary healthcare centres and building over 8,800 new primary healthcare centres across all local government areas in the country to provide accessible and qualitative healthcare delivery, as well as new social accountability mechanisms.

According to Ngelale, the well-trained fellows will serve as fiduciary agents to monitor and track Primary Healthcare Centre development and performance, which is to be assiduously measured against all financial inflows to the centres nationwide.

The fellowship programme will be domiciled in the Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) coordination office under the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

The fellows will be recruited, renumerated, and equipped with appropriate tools to track the performance of Basic Health Care Provision Fund-supported health facilities across the nation.