Nigerians have been urged to support the government with their resources in delivering quality healthcare to the people.
The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI) Ekiti State, Prof. Ebenezer Adekunle Ajayi, who made the call said the support will enhance access to affordable healthcare.
He also canvassed for social health insurance as a way of achieving universal health coverage.
Professor Ajayi stated this in Ido Ekiti at the weekend during the maiden edition of FETHI stakeholders’ forum with the theme: Health Care Financing In Nigeria, Harnessing Non-Governmental Contribution.
He said, “Government is stretched out of its element in trying to manage something as complex and personal as healthcare with ensuring improved health outcomes in a tailspin.
“Therefore, it is imperative to beef up the financing system of this sector by exploring non-governmental contributions.
“Collaborations must remain buttered up to ensure delivery of efficient, effective and equitable services”.
He said the forum attracted hospital stakeholders from public and private sectors with direct bearings on operating territory at all government levels and equipped with the capacity to stir the institution in right directions.
“It was also to present our stewardship account, for partners to witness our mileposts development, reflection on past times and now as well as take stock of changes and fill gaps to the betterment of the institution”.
The CMD, who noted that despite being entirely funded by the federal government and from its internally generated revenue, said over 50 million indigent patients’ bills have been written off in the last two years due to their inability to pay.
He summarized the needs of the institution to four different initiatives which were discussed and reviewed by stakeholders and invited members of the public.
These according to him are hospital infrastructure improvement initiative, adopt a ward initiative, capacity building/training initiative for staff and indigent patients fund initiative(Alaanu Fund).
In his speech, the Chairman, FETHI Governing Board, Hon Mohammed Sukababa said Nigeria sector is facing a tough time and all hands must be on deck at a period like this.
“As a matter of fact, we need to know that the government cannot do it alone. Therefore, the need to bring improvement into our health systems demands collective efforts.
“Our goal is to ensure that the standard of quality health service delivery that is affordable and accessible are not compromised,” he said.
Among the dignitaries present at the forum were Afe Babalola, Professor Joseph Oluwasanm, Bishop of Ekiti State Catholic Diocese, Bishop Felix Ajakaye, Dr Kayode Akinlade, representative of Commissioner for Health, Dr Oyebanji Filani, State Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora, Mr Femi Odere traditional rulers, among others.