Lagos - Some health experts have called on
the Federal and State Governments to improve the nation’s health sector in
order to make healthcare accessible to the citizens.
They made the call on Tuesday in Lagos in separate
interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Mr Omobafemi Daini of the Medical and Health Workers Union
of Nigeria (MHWUN), Lagos chapter, stressed the need for governments to
sanitise the health care system.
He said: "good health care delivery systems operational
in other advanced countries could be introduced in Nigeria to make the health
"Nigeria’s health sector is in a poor state and our leaders
are not caring enough because they can afford to travel overseas at any cost to
take care of themselves.
``Our leaders, who go overseas should come to Nigeria to
implement good health care delivery system that they have seen there.
Daini said that hospitals in Nigeria should also be equipped
to handle complicated health issues.
"As a nation, there are lots of issues to be addressed in
our health sector.
"We generate enough revenue from taxes, oil and other areas
that can be used to improve the health care system.
"Due to lack of accountability, things continue to get
worse. People die of cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney diseases because they
cannot access basic health care.
"We should be at a level where our health facilities can
handle the treatment and management of complicated health situations without
going to India, USA and UK for treatment.
"Our facilities should be properly equipped for this task.
"Nigeria has talented health experts, who can handle many
health conditions here if the facilities are available,’’ he said.
Speaking on the same vein, Dr Osahon Enabulele, Vice
President, West Africa Region, Commonwealth Medical Association, said that
efficient health care system would stem the increasing cases of
He said: "Government at all levels should put in efforts to
make the nation’s health system to be of international standard.
"With the increase in deaths from non-communicable
diseases, it is high time to set up specialised health centres, such as cancer
and kidney transplant centres to cater for both the rich and poor.
"More investments should go into the health sector.
"The governments and the private sector should also
collaborate in this regard.
"Consistent and effective campaigns targeted at health and
fitness awareness promotion should be deployed in urban and rural areas.’’