Abuja – The Federal Government on Tuesday sought partnership with stakeholders to boost the country’s healthcare delivery system.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made the call when he received national officers of Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria (HMCAN) in Abuja.
Adewole stressed the need for an effective synergy among all stakeholders in the health sector to provide efficient and quality health service to citizens.
He charged the association to marshal an efficient way of monitoring the quality of services being provided by various health and medical facilities in the country.
On the part of government, the minister said the “inverted health pyramid system’’ would be reversed and restore the pyramid system for the benefit of larger population.
Adewole regretted that only about 15 per cent of Nigerians currently access healthcare under the inverted pyramid system, hence the need to take healthcare services to the door steps of rural communities.
According to him, government will make sure that primary healthcare is made accessible to majority of Nigerians under the planned reversal policy.
To achieve this, the minister emphasised that the APC-led administration under President Muhammadu Buahri would establish 10,000 additional primary healthcare centres to cover all the electoral wards in the country.
He explained that secondary (general hospitals) and tertiary (teaching hospitals) would only serve as referral centres and stop being over burdened with treating primary ailments.
The Chairman of HMCAN, Dr Kolawole Owoka, had earlier pledged to support federal government quest to deliver improved healthcare services to citizens.
“It is time government gets closure to the people using quality healthcare services,’’ Owoka said.
He noted that Nigerians were ready to pay for quality health services if they can access them at affordable rates.
The chairman expressed optimism that the government plan of providing affordable and accessible healthcare service was achievable within two years.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that HMCAN comprised members of the various health care managers working with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to provide affordable and accessible healthcare services in the country. (NAN)