By Sola Ogundipe
KANOâ€”THE commissioning of the Vamed project in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital by President Goodluck Jonathan should be seen as the beginning of a new phase in restoring confidence in the dwindling fortunes of the Nigerian health sector.
Minister of Health, Prof. Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu, who made the observation during an inspection of the facilities in Kano, called on health workers to be committed to the objective of restoring the lost glory of the sector and thereby assist in stemming the tide of brain drain.
Chukwu also said government was working hard to improve health facilities in all its hospitals and bring them to international standard, but noted that such facilities alone could not help the country unless health workers are committed to providing qualitative services to the people.
The Minister, who assured of governmentâ€™s readiness to pay the CONHESS and COMMESS from next month, urged the workers to appreciate governmentâ€™s investment in the sector and refrain from disrupting the system, as doing so at this time when the government is working hard to improve the funding of the health system would be regarded as a conscious effort to sabotage the efforts of government.
â€œNigerians should learn not to talk of how to share the cake alone but also of how to bake the cake as this is our collective responsibilityâ€, he said.