Cleric, others advocate investment in health facilities
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.”