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Nigeria must invest more in health at all levels, says Idris

…as Maxy Specialty Centre opens in Lagos

By Chioma Obinna

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, has decried poor investment in health and dearth of human resources across all levels of healthcare in the country, saying that, “We have nothing compared to a population of 170 million.”

Idris who spoke during official opening of Maxy Super-Speciality Centre by Reddington Healthcare Group, was optimistic that the country would overcome its challenges as Nigerians in the private sector are now thinking along the same line with the government.

“Resources are inadequate in primary secondary and tertiary health care. To mention the issue of human resources, that one is a serious matter not only for the country but Lagos state too. People normally say, ‘we have enough workforce but compare it to the population we serve,’ it is nothing. The fact still remains that government needs to invest in health. Federal, state and local is not investing enough in health.”

“When it comes to allocation of money, health is relegated to the background. It is only when there is epidemic they will start looking for health using Ebola as a case study. To issues of quality, we do not deliver quality health to be frank. It is time we rebuild our stand and start doing things differently. We need innovation, government need to invest in health. World Health Organisation, WHO, stipulated 15 percent of countries’ budget compared to Nigeria’s five per cent or less.”

Speaking at the event, the Group Managing Director, Shell Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, said declared that the newly inaugurated Maxy Super-Specialty Centre, a member of the Reddington Healthcare Group, would reduce medical tourism in the country.

On his part, Medical Director for the Centre, Dr. Misbah Oleolo explained that, “While there are clinics around who may deal with one or other specialism, the centre can only be accessed by a referral from a doctor.

The Chief Executive Officer of Reddington Hospital Group, Dr Adeyemi Onabowale said: “Our team is motivated to continuously raise the bar in standards of healthcare delivery and access to it.

He said the birthing of the facility was a careful, deliberate and passionate approach towards providing a one stop health specialty plus a world class facility and professionals for the service of mankind.

Speaking at the event, the Group Managing Director, Shell Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, said declared that the newly inaugurated Maxy Super-Specialty Centre, a member of the Reddington Healthcare Group, would reduce medical tourism in the country.

Maxy Super-Specialty Centre is a one-stop specialty centre  that offers professional advice, treatment and management of conditions  and diseases using specialists in otorhinolaryngology, (Ear Nose and Throat) Dentistry, ophthalmology and optometry, endoscopy as well as other specialist areas such as dialysis and sleep therapy.

 


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