NIGERIA:Private Doctors Seek Review of Health Sector Funding

November 2013  Vanguard; Private medical doctors under the auspices of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, AGPMPN, Lagos Apapa Zone, have called for the review and appropriate funding of the country’s health sector with a view to enhancing efficiency as well as guarantee patients access to quality care.

Speaking at their annual conference in Lagos with the theme: “Nigeria’s Healthcare System-an Appraisal of the Primary and the Secondary Healthcare System in Lagos and the Place of Private Medical Practice”, they urged stakeholders to embrace new approaches in the nation’s healthcare delivery.

Zonal Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, NMA and AGPMPN, Dr. Johnson Emene faulted the imbalances in the set up of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS noting that while some have more than 30,000 enrollees, others have none.

The Guest Speaker, Professor Christiana Campbell said with the public sector seemingly incapable of meeting consumers’ demand, it was logical to encourage growth of the private medical care.

“This could be done by providing soft loans to private medical and dental practitioners who wish to establish or expand their business, by also granting additional tax concessions to employer in respect of expenses on staff medical benefits.

Campbell urged government to establish and equip hospitals and other health institutions and to allow private practitioners to run the centres.

The Chairman, Lagos AGPMPN, Dr. Jimmy Argbabuwo commended the Zone for its professionalism while Professor Edmisan Temiye who chaired the occasion was optimistic that problems in the sector were surmountable through collaborative effort. The Physicians’ Week was an avenue to consolidate on past achievements in the sector and also to pull resources together to upturn any failures identified.

 
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