Nduka Chiejina (Assistant Editor)
Nigeria dangers one other pandemic if it fails to reap the benefits of alternatives introduced by COVID-19 to develop its well being infrastructure, the Federal Authorities has warned.
Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha raised the alarm whereas inaugurating the Board of Consultants (BoE) of the Healthcare Sector Analysis and Improvement Intervention Scheme (HSRDIS) in Abuja on Monday.
In line with him: “If we lose the sense of the second, we might be confronted with one other pandemic and we are going to discover ourselves beginning another time.
“If we had constructed on the experiences of Ebola and different epidemics that we now have handled prior to now, in all probability right this moment we wouldn’t have began with about two molecular laboratories for the testing of COVID-19.”
He added: “In case you journey the shores of this nation, you will see out that we now have over 10,000 public main healthcare centres scattered in wards and villages throughout the nation, ill-equipped, ineffective and never being put into use however we maintain constructing them.”
He appealed to members of the Board of Consultants to additionally have a look at governance constructions within the healthcare sector aside out of your main duties.
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COVID-19, the SGF mentioned, “has uncovered the weaknesses in our well being system, in our governance system, in our safety infrastructure, in our inclusiveness and creating social security nets for our individuals.”
He cautioned: “It is going to be the best disappointment of our time and of our technology if we don’t seize the chance of the second to redress all of the deficiencies of the defects that we’ve had in our well being and different infrastructure on this nation.”
CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, mentioned: “At present, 20 initiatives valued at ₦26.278 Billion have been funded below the ₦100billion credit score help intervention for the healthcare trade.”
He acknowledged “a few of the companies which have been capable of receive funding embody hospitals, analysis facilities and pharmaceutical industries.”
Nevertheless, the Director, Improvement Finance of the CBN Mr. Philip Yila Yusuf clarified that the CBN has acquired over 27 proposals from researchers requesting for ₦67billion grant.
The grant is to allow them develop vaccines, superior medication or manufacturing of various kinds of merchandise that can allow Nigeria clear up totally different sorts of well being care challenges.