Major constraints to the provisation of an effective health-delivery system in Nigeria and similar related issues were the focus of attention at the meeting of APC Governors Forum held last week in Owerri.
Kick-starting the discussion which stemmed from a lecture titled, ‘Dealing with the challenge of Building a physically-healthy Nation through Preventive, Protective and Innovative Medicare,” delivered by Prof. Ijeoma Okoye, a guest at the 3rd Progressive Governors Forum, noted that poor implementation of national healthcare policies was responsible for the lapses.
She stated that healthcare delivery in the country was nothing to be desired, and stressed that “there is obvious need for political commitment as well as elimination of bureaucratic bottlenecks in public health care provision.”
The lecturer maintained that “an adequate and efficient method of financing in addition to organizational delivery structure for health services is essential if a country is set to achieve its national health objectives.”
She therefore called on the governors of the forum to give the nation a revolutionary but result-oriented healthcare sector, which would focus on reduction of urban-rural differentials and disparities in health status.
Contributing to this, the former vice president of Nigeria and chairman of the Lecture Series, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said that the issue of healthcare cannot be ignored at any time, and that the governors of the All Progressives Congress would always strive to ensure constant improvement and also seek effective policy strategy and management to smoothen the tracks.
In his own remarks, the National chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun said that his party was alive to the challenges facing the country, especially on healthcare delivery, and assured of his party’s determination to “liberate the country and provide the needed change.”
Both the governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola who was represented by his special adviser on Public Health, Dr. I. Adesina, and the president, Nigeria Academy of Science, Prof Oyewale Tomori, harped on the same string on the improvement of the sector.
While Senator Chris Ngige advised the country’s leaders not to play politics “that is negative with the health of the citizen,” the host Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha described the lecture as a way for the “APC” to dramatize their love for Nigerians as well as proffer solution to the challenges in the area of health delivery.”