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 Stakeholders in the health sector have expressed happiness over the appreciable progress recorded in the sector in the 62 years of Nigeria s independence The stakeholders including surgeons academics health practitioners and patients spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi and Gombe while reacting to the October 1 National Day Celebration The Gombe State Commissioner for Health Dr Habu Dahiru said the trajectory in health sector had been impressive from 1960 to date According to him the introduction of National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS at federal and state levels is a thing of joy to Nigerians He said the scheme impacted positively on the lives of the citizens by enhancing access to quality and affordable healthcare services In the late 1960s and 1970s we don t have NHIS we relied on out of pocket expenses a difficult situation even to the working class The government has made it compulsory and it is working well this is the best we have seen over the years though you cannot say the whole thing is across the board he said In the area of human resources Dahiru said the country had enough skills to ensure effective delivery of quality healthcare services to the people He observed that the number of educational institutions providing training for medical and other health related disciplines had increased substantially in the country as against only one university in the 1960 Nigeria he said witnessed rapid health infrastructure development ranging from tertiary secondary and primary health facilities across the country He however identified poor policy implementation and lack of snergy among partners as the major bane militating against sustainable development in the sector Also Maryamu Luka a retired Nursing Officer said the establishment Teaching And Specialist Hospitals had encouraged specialisation and transform healthcare system in the country However Sakina Hassan and Nasiru Musa residents of Bauchi expressed concerned over lack of trained personnel and professionals to facilitate effective management of healthcare facilities in the country She said that though government provided health facilities at all levels lack of adequate personnel was militating against its effective operations The facilities are established almost in every community but the human resources needed for effective service delivery are not available There is need to upgrade the health training schools to enable them to produce more trained personnel to address man power gap in the country she said Musa advocated for proactive measures to encourage recruitment of trained health personnel as well as check brain drain in the sector He also called for increased funding to tertiary health institutions to encourage research and development Moreso Elizabeth John lauded the introduction of On Call Healthcare service and free immunisation programmes She said the gesture enhanced children and women access to family health services at the grassroots Patients can now access health information and medical care via Short Service Message SNS she said For her part Asma u Yahaya Chairperson People Living with Disabilities PLWDs in Bauchi State said that social inclusion in the sector had enabled physically challenged persons to access healthcare services at ease The health sector is doing well especially with social inclusion people with special needs are accessing healthcare services without difficulties RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
At 62, Nigeria’s healthcare system is progressing – Experts

Stakeholders in the health sector have expressed happiness over the appreciable progress recorded in the sector in the 62 years of Nigeria’s independence.

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News Agency of Nigeria

The stakeholders including surgeons, academics, health practitioners and patients spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi and Gombe while reacting to the October 1, National Day Celebration.

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Gombe State Commissioner for Health

The Gombe State Commissioner for Health, Dr Habu Dahiru said the trajectory in health sector had been impressive from 1960 to date.

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National Health Insurance Scheme

According to him, the introduction of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) at federal and state levels is a thing of joy to Nigerians.

He said the scheme impacted positively on the lives of the citizens by enhancing access to quality and  affordable healthcare services.

“In the late 1960s and 1970s, we don’t have NHIS, we relied on out-of-pocket expenses, a difficult situation even to the working class.

“The government has made it compulsory and it is working well, this is the best we have seen over the years though you cannot say the whole thing is across the board,” he said.

In the area of human resources, Dahiru said the country had enough skills to ensure effective delivery of quality healthcare services to the people.

He observed that the number of educational institutions providing training for medical and other health related disciplines had increased substantially in the country as against only one university in the 1960.

Nigeria, he said, witnessed rapid health infrastructure development ranging from tertiary, secondary and primary health facilities across the country.

He, however, identified poor policy implementation and lack of snergy among partners as the major bane militating against sustainable development in the sector.

Maryamu Luka

Also, Maryamu Luka, a retired Nursing Officer, said the establishment Teaching And Specialist Hospitals had encouraged specialisation and transform healthcare system in the country.

Sakina Hassan and Nasiru Musa

However, Sakina Hassan and Nasiru Musa, residents of Bauchi, expressed concerned over lack of trained personnel and professionals to facilitate effective management of healthcare facilities in the country.

She said that though government provided health facilities at all levels lack of adequate personnel was militating against its effective operations.

“The facilities are established almost in every community but the human resources needed for effective service delivery are not available.

“There is need to upgrade the health training schools to enable them to produce more trained personnel to address man power gap in the country, ” she said.

Musa advocated for proactive measures to encourage recruitment of trained health personnel as well as check brain drain in the sector.

He also called for increased funding to tertiary health institutions to encourage research and development.

On-Call Healthcare

Moreso; Elizabeth John, lauded the introduction of On-Call Healthcare service and free immunisation programmes.

She said the gesture enhanced children and women access to family health services at the grassroots.

Short Service Message

“Patients can now access health information and medical care via Short Service Message (SNS),” she said.

People Living

For her part, Asma’u Yahaya, Chairperson, People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) in Bauchi State, said that social inclusion in the sector had enabled physically challenged persons to access healthcare services at ease.

“The health sector is doing well, especially with social inclusion, people with special needs are accessing healthcare services without difficulties”.

RSA

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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