On 16/Apr/2019 / In Medical News
Country Director, PharmAccess Foundation, Ms Ndili Njide, and other stakeholders in the health sector have advocated Public-Private-Partnership in delivering quality health care in the country.
At a policy dialogue with the theme, ‘Disrupting health care – PPPs as a model adoption for health system strengthening in Nigeria,’ Njide said there was a need to adopt an integrated approach in tackling the challenges facing the health care sector.
She said, “The PPPs strategy is capable of covering the infrastructure challenges facing the health sector.
“The money government is appropriating for the health sector is clearly not enough. So, the federal and state governments will clearly have to collaborate with the private sector to fill these gaps.
“The purpose of the PPPs in the health sector is to try different solutions to break these cycles of challenges. The aim is to disrupt the health care system in a positive way. Universal health coverage can only be achieved through quality and affordable health care delivery.”
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said it was not possible for the government to shoulder the financial burden of the health sector.
Idris said, “If you look at the health sector, a lot of things are changing; disease pattern is changing; they say people are now living longer; other things are coming up and technology is taking over the health space.
“We cannot but move along with all these things. We cannot continue to do things the old way, especially when we know the challenges we have in the health sector. We have challenges in infrastructure, challenges at the different level of care, human resources is a major challenge right now.
“We have public health issues that people don’t even focus on, and disease pattern is changing, resources are not available. There is no government in this country that is adequately funding the health sector. Everyone wants quality and efficient service delivery. At the primary care level, I can tell you we have at least 120 wards with no facilities, and there are people living there. We have 64 slum areas in Lagos that have no health facilities as well and we have private sector people in those areas who can perform these function. There must be a partnership, and that is the way forward.”
Also, a Business Development Director at Medical Credit Fund, Mr Olufisayo Okunsanya, said in as much as global partners were willing to fund health care in Nigeria, trust and accountability were needed to ensure that the money was spent for the right reasons.
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