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The World Bank, Federal Ministry of Health, the Senate and The Netherlands have commended Delta State Government for achieving 25 per cent Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through the state’s access to finance programme and its mandatory contributory health scheme.

They said the programme would reverse brain-drain in the health sector, increase enrolment in health insurance scheme and ensure attainment of UHC by 2030. Minister of State for Health, Joseph N. Ekumankama, said: “Access to essential healthcare is an integral part of social protection.”

The Word Health Organisation describe UHC to mean that “all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.”