By Providence Emmanuel
Experts in the Health sector have said that all hands must be on deck to reinvent Africa, especially Nigeria’s healthcare service delivery.
The experts; Prof. Khama Rogo, Lead Health Specialist, World Bank Group; Mrs. Clare Omatseye, President, Healthcare Federation of Nigeria; Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder, Wellbeing Foundation Africa; Dr. Inyang Asibong, Commissioner for Health, Cross River State; Dr. Kabiru Getso, Commissioner for Health, Kano State; among others spoke at a panel discussion on the background of the Medic West Africa Leaders Conference/Exhibition with the theme: Reinventing Healthcare Service Delivery in Lagos.
They said that there is a need to put human resources to work, looking at different ways of engaging people to work, even as they call for a change in the way the sector is being financed.
Omatseye said: “So much lip service is paid to the health sector. There is a divide between the healthcare providers and the government. Everyone has right to healthcare. Nigerian patients are not less than any patient in any country.
“Public-Private Partnership is critical for the sustainability of this sector, it has been abused. It means collaboration, partnership, not people dictating for you to implement, we need to get our policies right. We can do much with collaboration,” she said.
According to Rogo: “This sector is not complex, what is complex is the way we put it; we need to adopt the common sense solution. Nigeria has 60,000 doctors, 30,000 are in this country and most of them are unemployed, the other 30,000 are outside, treating Americans, English men and the Arabians.