Ilorin - Dr Ade Faponle, the President,
National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), University of Ilorin Teaching
Hospital (UITH) chapter, has said that Nigeria does not have prepared template
to handle outbreak of infectious diseases.
Faponle disclosed at a news conference in Ilorin
on Tuesday that such a development was sad and retrogressive, and made health
practitioners to resort to ad hoc measures in addressing outbreak of
The NARD president called for a change, saying the Federal
and State governments must establish proactive mechanism to deal with
infectious diseases before their outbreaks.
“Obviously many infectious diseases occurred earlier this
year. We had Lassa fever and it was when it happened that we started trying on
how to put things in order.
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“I just wish that many times, we had a well prepared
template and not wait for an outbreak. There should be a certain template such
that people know what to do,” he said.
The president advised that since infectious diseases’
outbreak could not be wished away, there was need for proactive measures by
having the relevant equipment handy.
He also suggested improved healthcare delivery at primary
and secondary levels so that the tertiary healthcare system would not be
According to him, private-public partnership was necessary
in upscaling the health system, especially because it requires the private
sector to sort out some of the challenges in the health system.
Ponle noted that such a move would free resources for the
tertiary system and lead to efficiency.