Chairman of the Lagos Medical Guild, Dr. Babajide Saheed, on Tuesday urged the Federal Authorities to declare a state of emergency towards revitalising the health sector.
Saheed made the decision during a media briefing in Lagos.
He mentioned that 59 years after Nigeria’s Independence, its health sector had deteriorated in healthcare supply, leading to medical tourism.
“Previously, individuals came from abroad to get medical therapy on the University College Hospital, Ibadan; however now, the reverse is the case.
“Authorities shouldn’t be pumping cash into the health sector.
“The Abuja Declaration on 15 per cent funding for the health sector is but to be fulfilled.
“High quality health service supply, not corruption, ought to be the main target of presidency as a result of as soon as a rustic doesn’t get it proper with its well being and schooling techniques, it has failed.
“The best way emergency was declared within the safety state of affairs of the nation, the identical ought to be finished for the health sector in order that we are able to chart a way ahead,” he mentioned.
Saheed mentioned that having a purposeful Primary Healthcare system within the nation was an efficient approach of addressing the nation’s health sector challenges.
“We must always comply with it up with an efficient secondary and tertiary care, the tertiary care will handle medical tourism.
“Every area within the nation ought to have hospitals for specialisation — like pediatric, cardiology — and we won’t want to move in a foreign country,” he mentioned.
Saheed urged that each one stakeholders ought to agree on collective and unified frequent agenda that may ship environment friendly, inexpensive and accessible healthcare companies within the nation.
Vice-Chairman of the guild, Dr. Oluwajimi Sodipo, mentioned that PHC system mustn’t change into redundant within the nation.
He mentioned that the Federal Authorities had funds for PHCs and that such funds ought to be made extra accessible.
Sodipo mentioned that native governments ought to take PHCs as a precedence, particularly with their attainment of autonomy.
“We have to begin scrutinising the operations of the native governments to make sure they contribute their quotas to healthcare supply within the nation,” he mentioned.
Sodipo added that each one tiers of presidency ought to collaborate to search out the best funding, operational mannequin and administration that may enhance healthcare supply.
He additionally known as for incentives that may discourage brain-drain amongst health staff.
In line with him, if the brain-drain shouldn’t be urgently discouraged, the nation would possibly resort to importing medical professionals to deal with scarcity.