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Private medics call for more government partnerships

19 November 2013, 12:04Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) have called on the Federal Government to partner with the private health sub-sector in order to improve healthcare delivery in the country.

The National President of the Association, Dr Anthony Omolola, also proposed that government increase funds allocated to the sector during the annual budget.

“For global medical tourism to turn in favour of Nigeria, the Federal Government should increase its budgetary provision for health from what it currently lay at about 20 percent of the National Budget as prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO),” he said at the end of their three day National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting in Uyo.

Omolola explained that if the Federal Government took advantage of the enormous capacity of the private health industry by adequately supporting and engaging private health service providers, it would significantly boost to the Nigerian health care system.

He said government should encourage private participation in the sector by providing the health infrastructure fund, implementing better fiscal policy on health and provision of basic social amenities such as power, among others, stressing that if these provisions are made, the sector would become better and cheaper while capital flights to foreign hospitals would be drastically reduced.

Omolola nonetheless commended the government for including private medical practitioners in its schemes but noted that the current level of partnership was inadequate considering the fact that 60 percent of the health needs of Nigerians are catered for by the private health sub-sector.

– CAJ News


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