The Federal Government is set to provide health coverage to over 50 million Nigerians, especially the vulnerable and the elderly people by 2027.

Special Adviser to the President on Health, Salma Anas-Ibrahim, made this known in Abuja, at the National Healthy Ageing Summit with the theme ‘decade of healthy ageing in Nigeria: Situation, challenges, and transformative pathway’.

She also emphasised that no one will be left behind in achieving universal health coverage in the country, noting that the aged are a critical component of the vulnerable group and will access quality health care services that cover all vulnerable groups including women and children, and also the physically challenged people.

Salma added that the “Renewed Hope Health agenda is committed to covering over 50 million Nigerians, and most of them vulnerable, including the elderly people, the aged people, within the next four years by the grace of God”.

Also speaking, the Director-General of the National Senior Citizens Centre, Emem Omokaro, said there is a need to prioritise the senior citizens in the country as there is the likely growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases among them.