Cleric, oth­ers ad­vo­cate in­vest­ment in health fa­cil­i­ties

The Punch - - HEALTH WISE -

THe Catholic Arch­bishop of La­gos, Dr Al­fred Martins, has called on the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments to in­crease in­vest­ment in health fa­cil­i­ties in or­der to en­cour­age Nige­ri­ans not to seek med­i­cal treat­ment out­side the coun­try.

Martins, who made the call dur­ing the un­veil­ing of a new build­ing at the An­cilla Catholic Hos­pi­tal, Ifako, La­gos, ad­vised the Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.), to lead by ex­am­ple by re­ceiv­ing health care within the coun­try.

“The church has made this hos­pi­tal fa­cil­ity avail­able to con­trib­ute to the growth of the health sec­tor. The hos­pi­tal has been alive for some years and this is an im­prove­ment on the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in the cen­tre.

“We can only hope that the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able for the health sec­tor in the coun­try will con­tinue to im­prove also.

“The other day, we heard the Pres­i­dent ad­vis­ing peo­ple to stay in the coun­try to re­ceive health care. This hos­pi­tal will be one of the hos­pi­tals that will curb med­i­cal tourism in the coun­try. We also ex­pect that the Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments will also do a sim­i­lar thing to the gov­ern­ment-owned health in­sti­tu­tions as many of them do not have the kind of fa­cil­ity that will at­tract peo­ple to pa­tro­n­ise them.”

The Act­ing Chair­man, Ifako-ijaiye Local Gov­ern­ment Area, Prince Us­man Hamzat, said the role of the pri­vate sec­tor in pro­vid­ing qual­ity health service to the peo­ple can­not be overem­pha­sised.

He said, “The fa­cil­ity built by the Catholic mis­sion is a sign that the re­li­gious bodies want the best for the com­mu­nity and it is also a wakeup call to other bodies to know that it is im­por­tant to join hands with the gov­ern­ment in im­prov­ing the health sec­tor as it is be­ing done in the ad­vanced coun­tries. The state gov­ern­ment has been try­ing to im­prove the health sec­tor in La­gos, but they can­not do it alone.”

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