Govern­ment not se­ri­ous about health is­sues – for­mer AKTH CMD

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Hal­ima Musa, Kano

The for­mer Chief Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Aminu Kano Teach­ing Hospi­tal, Dr Ab­dul­Hameed Isa Dutse has said that all the three tiers of govern­ment in Nigeria do not take health is­sues se­ri­ously.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day at a lec­ture se­ries on Hu­man Re­source for Health in Nigeria, or­ga­nized by the Fac­ulty of Den­tistry Bayero Univer­sity, Kano, Dutse said this un se­ri­ous­ness could be seen from the bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to health.

In his words, “In my opin­ion, the three tiers of govern­ment have re­ally never taken health as a se­ri­ous is­sue based on their mis­er­able bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to health over the years and in par­tic­u­lar there has never been any se­ri­ous al­lo­ca­tion of funds on hu­man re­source for health,” he said.

He added that build­ing of struc­tures was not enough be­cause it is not the struc­tures that would do the work. “It is usual to hear these lead­ers beat­ing their chest that they have built this health fa­cil­ity or that ex­pen­sive health re­lated equip­ment but you never hear them talk­ing about how much health man­power they have de­vel­oped to match and uti­lize these ex­pen­sive in­vest­ment,” he ob­served.

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