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FG to reposition health sector for quality service delivery

 

 

The Federal Government is to reform and reposition the Nigerian health sector in order to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians.

Consequently, it has concluded plans to digitized the nation’s health care system and will roll out a National Electronic Medical Record platform to ensure validated and reliable data that can be used to deliver care to the people.

Addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof Mohammed Ali Pate, said the government is set to mobilize private capital to invest in physical infrastructure, equipment and human resources to restore confidence in the nation’s healthcare system and discourage Nigerians from seeking medical treatment abroad for ailments that can be treated in the country.

He said, “We need to ensure that our hospitals function better so that our people will have confidence in our health system. We need to address the problem of the health workforce that we are losing so that health workers who have left the country can start coming back. We will transform our human resources for health; we will grow the pipeline of medical workers in the country and retain existing talent to limit the effects of emigration.”

Pate noted that if the government improves infrastructure and address the issues affecting the health workers, it will go a long way in stopping the incessant strike in the health sector and some of the health workers who have left the country will come back.

The minister noted that as part of efforts to address the lingering strikes in the health sector, he, along with the Minister of State and the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, met with four of the professional associations and they acknowledged that there was a need to put rancours behind and begin to rebuild trust and restore the respectability of the health profession.

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