‘Nigerians must demand for quality healthcare delivery system’
‘Nigerians must demand for quality healthcare delivery system’
Nigeria has worst indices in health and everything – Dr. Adewoye
‘Declare a state of emergency in health sector’
Nigerians have been urged to demand from public office holders, as a matter of fundamental human right, qualith healthcare delivery system.
This call was made at the launching of an e-health website in memory of late Mrs. Busola Odedina, who died a year ago.
Speaking on the topic; “Nigerian Medical Health System’s Current Challenges”, Dr Rotimi Adewoye, a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, called on Nigerians to see access to qualith healthcare delivery system as a fundamental human right that must be enshrined in the Nigerian contitution and readily available to all.
He also called for the establishment of Standard Monitoring Council to punish erring doctors.
“It is so sad that healthcare delivery is not on constitutional recommendation in Nigeria. The entire Nigerian system is a big problem which is also affecting healthcare delivery system. Many deaths are due to medical errors as well as late report, wrong diagnosis, wrong treatment among other factors. Government at all levels really need to declare a state of emergency in health sector.”
Dr. Adewole urged government at all levels to encourage purchase of modern quality hospital equipment with interest-free loan while encouraging well-meaning Nigerians to be actively involved in politics in order to ensure good governance.
“Government must take full responsibility for the good health of all Nigerians while health insurance scheme must cover all Nigerians and all ailments.” Dr. Adewole concluded.
In his reaction, Mr. Bosun Odedina, husband of the deceased, said that they launched the Nigeriaehealth.org.ng so that people can have free access to quality healthcare services. “Also launched in the UK same day, people should visit the website, ask questions bothering them on their health and they will experts attending to their questions.”
According to Mr. Kunle Odedina, son of late Busola Odedina, his mum passed away in a Nigerian hospital under a circumstance that pointed to negligence and sub-standard medical practice. She was 49.
“Every day, very many promising Nigerians suffer such fate; unknown and unreported. To die is not really a problem, since we all as mortals have signed up for it as a part of the living experience. What is most painful however is avoidable death and Nigeria is replete with deaths that are avoidable to the point where the country is almost like a coffin of human carcass from our dysfunctional health management system which manifests itself in different forms as follows:
– Carelessness of our care givers
– Inadequate experience of Medical Personnel
– Badly run health institutions
– Lack of information on the part of patients as to their ailments
No nation can be truly great when its citizens lack basic healthcare system. As a matter of fact, the development of a nation is measured by a global tool known as the human development index (HDI) which is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, health and per capita income indicators. This tool is used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. Calculation of the index combines four major indicators:
– Life Expectancy for Health
– Expected Years of Schooling
– Mean Years of Schooling for Education
– Gross National Income per capita for standard of living
Every year the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) ranks countries based on the HDI statistics released in its annual report. For the 2018 report as released freshly, Nigeria is ranked 157th out of 187 countries of the world so ranked. For the so called giant of Africa, this is an abysmal performance.
“It is the reason Busola didn’t survive a mere routine procedure. It borders on quality of our medical personnel and the advancement in modern health care delivery system they have been exposed to.
Having come to this conclusion, we as Nigerians have two options, either to accept the current state of affairs and throw up our hands despondently, or to do something about the situation.”
“We have decided to do something in our own little way to advance the care platform. Therefore, as part of activities to mark the first memorial anniversary of her passing, the family decided to launch Nigeriaehealth.org.ng as an online platform for relevant information and advice on health-related issues.” The essence of this is to provide avenue for second opinion on various medical issues in order to properly guide citizens to make the right choices. The website is designed to offer the opportunity of second guessing our healthcare system in such a way that we can help to save lives in the long run.
Nigeriaehealth.org.ng is an online platform for the discussion and dissemination of information on health matters only.
The website parades professional and experienced medical professionals such as General Practitioners & Surgeons, Pharmacists & Physiotherapists, Nurses and others from across the globe who have indicated interest to provide voluntary medical support services for those who may want to seek information or clarification on health issues.
Nigeriaehealth.org.ng is a privately owned, non-profit organization, that is expected to help citizens have a better understanding of issues when they occur and perhaps more importantly, the right procedures and processes in managing various health challenges.
The Nigeriaehealth.org.ng is established to achieve the following:
1. Provide a forum for Nigerians to obtain and appraise a second opinion on any medical condition.
2. Provide a forum for Nigerians to share their medical experiences (whether good or bad) to help others.
3. Point Nigerians to the right quarters where necessary to receive medical treatments.
4. Assist the government by sharing views of Nigerians as well as glaring
5. Create pages on some common ailments and how to manage
6. Assist Nigerians in accessing national and international health
7. Invite qualified doctors to provide information on preventative care
as well as different approaches to treatments.
8. Call out hospitals with several malpractices.
9. Work for improved regulation and more stringent code of conduct
for Nigerian medical practitioners.
However, it is important to note that Nigeriaehealth.org.ng is;
– Not a hospital or clinic.
– Not a business venture.
– Non partisan
– Not anti – government.