The Ministry of Health Nigeria is charged with the creation and implementation of health policies.
Who is the minister for health in Nigeria?
The person in charge of the Ministry of Health Nigeria is the minister of health. The minister for health is Dr Osagie Ehanire and is a medical doctor who graduated from the University of Munich. He also attended Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland, Dublin where he obtained the Post Graduate Diploma in Anaesthetics and a Certificates of General Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery. He has worked as an Anaesthesiologist in Germany before returning to Nigeria where he has worked at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Shell Development Company (SPDC).
Where is the address of the Ministry of Health Nigeria?
Federal Secretariat, Complex Garki, PMB : 83 Abuja – Nigeria.
Departments within the ministry
The Ministry comprises of different departments that specialise in different arears of health
Food and Drugs Services
This department is tasked with creating strategies, guidelines and polices on food, drugs and pharmaceutical. The department of Food and Drugs Services has five agencies under them. These agencies are;
- National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC)
- Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN)
- Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN)
- Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON)
- National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research & Development (NIPRD)
The hospital services department of the ministry of health Nigeria aims to provide a health service that is safe, affordable, accessible, and equitable. It has various divisions which include
- Trauma/Medical Emergency Response And Disaster Management
- Hospital Services
- Regulatory And Professional Schools
- Nursing Division
- National Blood Transfusion Services/Laboratory
Trauma/medical emergency response and disaster management division
This division creates policies on health emergencies and disasters. It also evaluates, monitor and supervises the policies.
Hospital services division
This division supervises the federal medical centres, specialist hospitals and teaching hospitals
Regulatory and professional school’s division
This division supervises Professional Associations and Professional academic bodies and Schools who train health workers and Health Regulatory Bodies in Nigeria.
The nursing division is in charge of nursing activities and has the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria under it.
National blood transfusion services division
This division coordinates the blood transfusion service in Nigeria.
This division deals with oral health. They create policies on oral health and also evaluate, monitor and supervise the policies.
Programmes under this department include
- Continuing Professional Discipline National Cancer Control Programme and Nuclear Medicine
This programme is at its early stage and would be coming up with e-health policies that will standardise the delivery of e-Health in Nigeria. It will make policies that will regulate online pharmacies, online consultations, and virtual clinics.
National Cancer Control Programme and Nuclear Medicine
This programme is in charge maintaining a Cancer Register in Nigeria, developing of cancer policies, including monitoring and evaluation of such polices.
About the author
Nwasom is a pharmacy graduate and a pharmacist currently practising in the United Kingdom. I have great experience communicating with patients and their family as gained through working as a pharmacist in both the hospital and community pharmacy sector. I love writing so it was a natural thing to try and pass medical and health information on through writing.