Healthcare System in Nigeria: How Efficient and Environment friendly -By Temiloluwa Olowoyo
The true power of a person is just not in his capacity to manage when issues are straightforward, however in his capacity to develop when issues are powerful.
Let’s start this journey kind the western a part of the world, the place we predict one of the best of well being care amenities are stationed, the place the rich and the wealthy run to for world class well being care providers, it should shock you to see that international locations like USA, China, India, south Korea and another international locations in Europe that are considered to be medical giants relating to medical amenities and providers are the worst hit by the pandemic.
This solely exhibits the gravity of what we’re coping with and the efficiency of the virus, for the pandemic to have prompted the shut down the world’s largest economies for months and plunging a few of these economies into recession, making the entire world preach the identical message, “keep dwelling and keep protected”, and all different COVID’19 protocols, shutting down worldwide occasions, soccer, leisure, the Olympic and so forth.
This text shall be tailor-made to candidly deal with the issues within the well being sector, and proffer attainable options,
Proper from time our leaders haven’t had sufficient belief in our healthcare system, they discover it straightforward to journey overseas in quest of medical providers even after they can flip the downtrodden healthcare system in Nigeria into top notch healthcare facility, I’ve heard a few individuals say, “if COVID 19 have been to be a virus ravaging simply Africa, most of our leaders would have travelled overseas and depart the lots with little or no means to fend for themselves”
I selected to begin this text by not directly making reference to the reason for our degrading healthcare system, the healthcare system in Nigeria has been deserted subsequently resulting in a mind drain, that’s, one of the best of our surgeons, dentists, neurologists, gynecologists and different prime medical specialists needed to depart the nation in quest of a greener pasture the place their expertise and ability shall be appreciated and developed, and nothing has been completed to examine this unlucky happenings that’s speedily consuming into the guts of our healthcare system.
The appearance of COVID’19 has solely proven how rotten our healthcare system is, it has shed extra mild within the well being sector for us to see how ineffective and inefficient the system is, it has proven how poor, structurally, materially and financially, our medical system is in Nigeria.
Again to my opening paragraph, it’s agreeable that this pandemic has proven that even the giants can fall, that this isn’t the time to point out superiority, because the developed and third world international locations are significantly hit by the pandemic, however one truth is deductible, “dependency”. Simply when the virus broke out, international locations all around the world have been within the race to get ventilators, PPEs, and different primary medical tools and we might see how these international locations have been scrambling all over for the required supplies. The pandemic has uncovered additional the defect in our well being sector, how our medical officers lack the required assist to go on medical analysis,
how it’s troublesome and virtually inconceivable for the well being sector to carry to fore its creativity and improvements to construct innovations which can be able to giving a complete new definition to the medical world, however monetary and administrative constraints inhibits this transformation.
The well being sector has been deserted and left to rot, however have a look at how COVID 19 has uncovered all these ills and defects, international locations are within the race to discover a vaccine however our pricey nation has by no means made out there the wanted environment to the well being practitioners to have the ability to go on this mental voyage, they complain of dearth of monetary functionality and the amenities which can be wanted to make sure that the well being sector can compete globally favorably.
All truths are details, however not all details are true, on this case in Nigeria, there are veritable details in place which can be apparent to the blind and audible to the deaf to point out that the healthcare system in Nigeria is decaying, it has neither been environment friendly or efficient, that is to point out that Nigeria is manner behind from the league of medical giants.
The issue in Nigeria has by no means been the scarcity of personnel, in actual fact, we have now sufficient certified medical practitioners in place who can successfully deal with all of the medical emergencies we run overseas to deal with, we have now those that can effectively rework Nigeria healthcare system into medical tourism, however the instruments and amenities wanted aren’t in place.
Proper in the midst of all these is the query, “how did we get right here?”, and the reply is just not farfetched, “corruption!” Only recently, information broke out concerning the mismanagement of funds within the NDDC within the monies given to the fee to obtain medical tools which can be wanted to fight the pandemic, however to our best shock, proper on this life threatening scenario, some sure unscrupulous people nonetheless selected to prey on these funds, enrich their pockets on the expense of the dying and needy.
The insanely excessive degree of dependency on the western world has prompted us to neglect the standard herbs which can be efficient to find a treatment for the virus and different medical and well being associated issues, the resultant impact of not giving our medical practitioners the wanted amenities to embark on this medical analysis is enjoying out. A rustic in Africa developed an natural treatment that works successfully towards the virus, however it’s disheartening that such is just not inspired in Nigeria. Nigeria has been described as a reactive
nation which in fact we’re, as we solely make transfer when conditions are getting out of hand, this is applicable to how late the federal government began calling out and requesting for natural cures throughout the nation, that is like locking the barn after the horse is gone, anyhow, it’s by no means too late till its late.
Some people have raised the notion that if we might put together so effectively towards an invisible and very quick enemy, what concerning the enemies which can be clearly seen, we have now hundreds of Nigerians dying annually from malaria, cholera and different recognized illnesses, however attributable to our leaders lackadaisical angle, they selected to show a blind eye to this whereas they simply journey overseas to deal with a typical headache, in actual fact if not for the devastating impact of COVID 19 on the wealthy, the poor, the younger and outdated, the efficiency of this virus would have been downplayed. All these exhibits that the.
well being sector is neither efficient neither is it environment friendly. Nigeria’s mortality charge is about 54 years, this may be significantly elevated if the well being sector in Nigeria is developed.
We’ve got seen governors and prime authorities officers contracting this virus and a few even misplaced their lives in consequence, doubtless, this has compelled our leaders to face as much as the problem the pandemic is posing, as they’ve all joined the worldwide marketing campaign towards the virus.
It’s positively going to be a baseless lamentation and waste of time to show an issue and never proffer a attainable answer.
Nigeria healthcare system is as unhealthy as it’s now due to the nonchalant angle of our leaders to the issues within the well being sector, and there may be little or no blame on the residents on this respect, it’s the utmost responsibility of the federal government to see to the welfare of the residents, as it’s completely their duty to place medical amenities in place, construct extra medical facilities and furnish them with one of the best of medical tools, and financially assist the healthcare sector by allocating extra funds to the sector, supporting the coaching of extra medical personnel as much as world customary, in
truth if not for the few people who’re passionate concerning the lots and have arrange personal medical facilities and are additionally supporting the healthcare sector, the scenario shall be worse than it’s now.
It’s a incontrovertible fact that the international locations of the world with one of the best medical providers, speak of Canada, France, USA, China, and so forth. didn’t get to the place they’re in only a day, however constructing a mansion begins from laying a stable basis, and as it’s, the well being sector in Nigeria lacks that basis and never till we get this proper, the impact of this may proceed to be made manifest in Nigeria’s mortality charge.
There are many distant causes that should be addressed, however most significantly, the majority of that is from the federal government circle, if solely we have now a authorities that’s passionate concerning the welfare of its residents, responsive, accountable and accountable, all of the sectors within the nation are purported to be carried alongside and evenly developed, though some deserve desire over others.
One can not however speak concerning the schooling sector which can’t be separated from the well being sector, if the academic sector is effectively geared up, monetarily and administratively, by making out there an enabling
surroundings which can be conducive, and making out there the wanted supplies and personnel, it should straight result in having sound and mental minds within the medical area who will have the ability to do exploits, carryout analysis, make innovations that can make Nigeria nice.
In conclusion, as unhealthy because the well being care system in Nigeria is, we nonetheless have some devoted and passionate medical practitioners militating towards the pandemic, the frontline employees, they’re the actual heroes. When the fascinating is just not out there, the out there turns into fascinating, they’ve made use of the out there sources to maintain up the combat towards the virus and we salute their braveness.
I do know and I consider that there’s hope for Nigeria in all her sectors, NIGERIA shall be nice once more.
TEMILOLUWA OLOWOYO BELLADONISTEMILOLUWA@GMAIL.COM
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