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Medical director urges NHIS to invest in state hospitals

08 September 2013, 16:01

Ogun - The Chief Medical Director, State Hospital Ota, Dr Babatunde Banuso, has urged the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to invest more in state hospitals to improve the quality of service to the people.

Banuso told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ota, Ogun state, that the government does not have all required resources to fund the state hospitals.

"The government cannot fund the hospitals alone, there should be collective efforts between the stakeholders and Government to develop the state hospitals,’’ he said.

Banuso said that there was the need for more participation of people to move the state hospitals from where they are to a more desirable level.

"There should be deliberate steps by the government to educate the public on the need to invest more in state hospitals as they had invested in many other sector of the economy,’’ he said.

Banuso said that NHIS had a role to play in strengthening and enhancing the development of the state hospitals.

He also said that some state hospitals lacked major amenities such as good X-ray machines, admission wards and bigger generators to power their equipment that could boost their daily operation.

"The NHIS should think of what it can offer the state hospitals than immediate benefits it can get,’’ he said

Banuso said that the NHIS should invest in people’s treatment that would yield huge benefits in the long run.



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