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Concern at lack of e-health policy

19 September 2013, 13:26Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The reluctance by government to formulate an e-health policy is worrying stakeholders in the health sector.

They raised such concerns at the first e-Health Conference taking place in Lagos.

Professor Adedoyin Soyibo of the Economics Department at the University of Ibadan, who chaired the summit, said there were lots of benefits that could be attained from e-health but government had not shown commitment to make the sector work.

“There are immense benefits both to the citizens and government in this sector but from all indications, the present administration led by President Goodluck Jonathan has done nothing to encourage the sector. What we need is the right policy, but it is not just there,” he said.

He urged other stakeholders not to relent in their efforts to grow the sector.

“Things are changing fast. We must all continue to work together through various advocacy groups to ensure the right things are done and government comes up with a policy.”

Dr Yewande Adesina, Special Adviser on Health to the Lagos State Government, admitted the national government was not doing enough in the area of e-health.

She suggested that government at all levels must not employ computer-illiterate health professionals.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) executive, Dr Olumide Okunola, said the absence of an e- Health policy and a clear roadmap had significantly reduced the benefit Nigeria got from the IFC e-Health fund.

He noted that smaller countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana were benefiting more because they had such policies.

-    CAJ News

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