‘How I’ll transform Ekiti healthcare’

Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Dr Oyebanji Filani, has said he would focus on transforming the primary health centres to provide basic quality health services to the people.

He is also committed to scaling up human resources for health, maintaining a steady supply chain for drugs and consumables, ensuring data availability and other inputs for increased access to affordable healthcare.

A trained physician and health economist with working experience in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, Filani, who was sworn in on August 31, has 14 years of experience in public health financing (resource mobilisation, pooling and strategic purchasing), program execution, health strategy and social development.

Until his appointment, he was the Technical Director of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), the largest health care reform initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the potential to provide Universal Coverage for 100million Nigerians.

He is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and he holds an M.Sc in Health Economics and Health Policy from the University of Birmingham

He was also a Technical Advisor to the Federal Minister of Health from December 2015 to May 2019, among other positions.

Source: The Nation

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