NMA calls for overhaul of health sector in Zamfara




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By Ishaq Zaki

Gusau – Healthcare system in Zamfara needs overhaul, the State’ chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) declared in Gusau on Saturday.

“Our healthcare system needs overhaul in view of our assessment of the major pillars of health system,’’ its chairman, Dr Manir Bature said at an event marking the 2021 Physician’ Week of the in the state.

He listed the pillars as leadership and financing, access to essential medicine, health workforce, service delivery and health information system.

“The theme of this year’ Physicians Week was carefully chosen to analyse the impact of Covid-19 and use lessons learnt to strengthen our health system.

“In Zamfara, we are faced with twin tragedy of insecurity and Covid-19 which have further complicated the precariously weak health system in our state.

“They have further exposed the level of decay in our health infrastructure as well as grossly inadequate human resources for health.

“This twin tragedy provide an opportunity for government and other relevant stakeholders to diagnose the real situation of our health system with a view to providing remedy for the betterment of the people.

“Therefore, Zamfara will partner with the state government to convoke a health with a view to evolving a workable solution to our weak health system.

“We extend our appreciation to Gov. Bello Matawalle for improving budgetary allocation to the health sector as well as building of new hospitals and the renovation of old ones,’’ Dr Bature said.

In his remarks, chairman of the occasion, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Habib Yelwa, described the theme of the event as timely.

“As we all can see, COVID-19 has exposed healthcare system globally; all what is needed is advancement in strengthening the sector.

“In Zamfara, COVID-19 has made us to wake up to do the needful in terms of healthcare services and delivery,’’ he said.

The theme of the Physicians Week is: “Nigeria in the COVID-19 era: Health System Strengthening for National Prosperity and Security.’’ (NAN)