Let’s follow the money abeg
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of Nigeria has announced it is assisting Oyo state government in revitalizing the state’s primary healthcare system with the sum of US$1.5 million which is more than NGN500 million if you consider the current exchange rate of the dollar to naira.
This is a huge sum of money that can significantly improve rural healthcare in the state – that is if it is judiciously utilised and not for other purposes.
This development was revealed by the minister of state for health, Osagie Ehanire. Speaking over the weekend, the minister said the Federal Government was determined to revamp 10, 000 Primary Health Care (PHC) Centres across the nation.
According to him, the decision was taken in order to meet the healthcare needs of rural dwellers.
He explained that every political ward in the 774 local council areas would have a centre, with a view to reducing maternal and infant mortality.
The idea is also to ensure that there is no over stretching of facilities and manpower at the secondary and tertiary health institutions in the country.
Ehanire said each of the 36 states would get the sum of $1.5 million to drive the revitalisation, stressing, a total of $500 million has been borrowed to boost the healthcare delivery in the country.
He urged doctors and other healthcare workers to show commitment to growth, while lamenting the incessant strikes in the health sector.
The minister reiterated, “There must be enough commitment to develop the health sector. All the problems about utilities are largely due to management challenges.”
He said the need for total commitment is reinforced by the fact that, doctors do not run hospitals only. They need the support of nurses, other health professionals and managers.
Ehanire denounced the increase in what he described as medical tourism, stating that industrial disharmony and unhealthy rivalry among healthcare professionals are inimical to growth and development.