A health care panel on Thursday called for increased involvement of women in leadership positions to promote access to quality health care.
Dr Ebere Okereke, Senior Technical Advisor, Tony Blair Institute, expressed concern about the under-representation of women in leadership positions.
Okere said women make up about 70 percent of health workers, but with less than 20 percent of them in the leadership class.
She condemned the patriarchal structure where women were placed as dependents, worthless.
“The majority of women’s needs must be taken into account at all levels, involve women in decision-making.
“For example, in Nigeria, before women have access to certain sexual and reproductive health services, their husbands’ permission is requested, is this not an indirect denial of their rights,” he said. -she asks.
Okereke said it was necessary to break down the barriers that silenced women.
According to her, most health systems are not structured to meet the needs of women.
Professor Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity, expressed her determination to continue pursuing equity for women because women had less.
Binagwaho said that quality health care cannot be discussed or guaranteed without increasing the quality of care.
She identified education as one of the main drivers required for women to improve their access to quality health care.
The donation called for local production of contraceptives and other maternal health needs of women to improve the quality of care.
Etiebet underlined the need for gender parity in the recruitment of leaders to improve women’s access to quality health care.
She noted that it was time for the collective effort to put an end to all kinds of acts that tended to lead to the under-representation of women in leadership positions.
Earlier, Ms. Vivianne Ihekweazu, Managing Director of Nigeria Health Watch, organizer of the Future of Health conference called for an end to gender inequalities.
Ihekweazu explained that the “HeforShe Movement” was about getting men to help women reach leadership positions.