Areas of statutory responsibilities and functions
a) ensure the development of national health policy and issue guidelines for its implementation;
b) ensure the implementation of national health policy;
c) collaborate with national health departments in other countries and international agencies;
d) promote adherence to norms and standards for the training of human resources for health;
e) ensure the continuous monitoring, evaluation and analysis of health status and performance of the functions of all aspects of the National Health System;
f) co-ordinate health and medical services delivery during national disasters;
g) participate in inter-sectoral and inter-ministerial collaboration;
h) conduct and facilitate health systems research in the planning, evaluation and management of health services;
i) ensure the provision of tertiary and specialized hospital services;
j) ensure and promote the provision of Quarantine and Port Health Services;
k) determine the minimum data required to monitor the status and use of the resources;
l) promote availability of good quality, safe and affordable essential drugs, medical commodities, hygienic food and water; and
m) issue guidelines and ensure the continuous monitoring, analysis and good use of drugs and poisons including medicines and medical devices.
n) prepare strategic, medium term health and human resources plans annually for the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties;
o) ensure that the national health plans shall form the basis of—
i. the annual budget as required by the Federal Ministry of Finance; and
ii. other governmental planning exercises as may be required by any other law;
p) ensure that the national health plans shall comply with national health policy.
q) shall where necessary provide to State Ministries of Health—
i. technical assistance in the development of state health policies and plans;
ii. commodities and technical materials, including methodologies, policies and standards for use in programme implementation including monitoring and evaluation; and
iii. other technical assistance as may be necessary.