President of the Nigerian Medical Association , Prof . Innocent Ujah, says if the nation could have banks for industry and agriculture, it should also have one for health .
He expressed concerns about the ‘ slow pace’ of activities in the health sector, warning that it could discourage potential investors.
This is just as he urged the Federal Government to consider private sector participation to further boost the infrastructure and quality of healthcare delivery in the country .
Ujah said citizens of a nation like Nigeria with 60 years of history should not be seen grappling with medical tourism abroad .
“ We are moving at a snail speed and that ’ s not right . I also think the private sector participation should be higher .
“ As a country , we need to be doing more than what we are doing now . Judging from the quality of manpower we have in the health sector, we need to have more facilities and up- to – date equipment to show we are doing well at the moment .
“ Even when we say we have improved , the reality on ground does not portray it . We have very high morbidity and mortality rate, infant mortality , neonatal deaths and many other setbacks ,” he said .
Continuing , he said the COVID – 19 outbreakcompounded the problem of the nation’s health system .
“ To make matters worse , the COVID – 19 pandemic exposed our weaknesses in the health sector ,” he stated .
The obstetrician / gynaecologist , however, believed that all was not lost , adding that the country ’s healthcare had advanced from where it was in the last six decades.