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UPDATE: Health Minister Grilled By Senators Over State Of Teaching Hospitals & Services


The Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, is currently at the Senate answering questions over the state of healthcare facilities and services across the nation.

The Senate had, last week, invited the minister over a motion raising alarm over the state of health in the country, especially the teaching hospitals.

The motion was sponsored by Senator David Umar.

Senator Umar raised the motion following a petition on the poor quality of service in teaching hospitals.

The report, according to him, noted that most teaching hospitals in the country have been overstretched, forcing patients to sleep on bare floors, plastic mats, and unhygienic conditions.

Addressing the Senate on the current state of facilities and health care service in the teaching hospitals, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole said:

“We have 22 teaching hospitals in the country and 17 specialist hospitals under the direct body of the Federal Government. The teaching hospitals constitute the apex of health care in any country.”- Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole.

“For us in Nigeria, they represent the topmost and by design are expected to manage complex and complicated cases.”

“For them to function effectively, they depend on functional primary and secondary health care centres. If these two levels of care are functional, about 90% of ailments will be taken care of.”

“Only 10% of Nigerians who require care would need to go to tertiary institutions.”

“Over the last couple of years, we have had a challenge. We can describe the health care as a pyramid with Primary Health Care at the base, Secondary at middle and Tertiary at the top.”

“We can compare it to a building; primary health as the foundation, the secondary as the wall and the tertiary as the roof. The problem we have is that the foundation is bad and the wall is weak and we are only concerned about the roof.”

“If we invest in the Primary Health Care, a lot of people would not have a cause to go to the Tertiary. Your Excellency, I must commend you for approving the Basic Health Care Provision Fund. It is a game changer.”

“We spent two years developing, and over the last two weeks we’ve started to roll out. 22 of our states have registered for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.”

“Our aim is to structure it in a way that money would flow from the Central Bank to the agencies. As of today 14 states are yet to show interest in basic health care provision.”

“We have two (2) signatories to the account; the head of the community where it is located and the head of the facilities.”

“Our aim is to offer free antenatal, free deliveries, screening for tuberculosis.”

“I commend the Senate for the approval of the 1% primary Healthcare lnclusive in the Budget.”

“Teaching hospitals cannot survive alone and in isolation. The State needs to partner with us so that secondary hospitals would be working.”

“We believe that the issue of power supply should be looked into.”

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