FROM every single indicator the Nigerian health sector is visibly ailing below the present administration. Aside from top the fight to maintain the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, amid the world’s cheapest in phrases of prevalence and affect, the basic mind-set of this regime to that all-significant sector is that of abandonment tinged with oppressive antics.
Wellbeing is wealth. Every acceptable and smart govt will regard the superior standing of its health sector as a priority. But in Nigeria, successive leaders at federal, condition and nearby authorities amounts have dismissed this variable even though it is at the coronary heart of the welfare of the regular folks who queue up to vote politicians into electricity.
President Buhari, who has savored plan and highly-priced international wellbeing holidays at the cost of the Nigerian taxpayer, has let down hundreds of thousands of regular Nigerians who experienced hoped that his campaign for “change” in 2015 would spawn a federal government that would take the social sector – specially wellbeing and instruction – individually mainly because it has direct affect on the life of the persons.
What we have found, alternatively, is a problem in which, in spite of massive once-a-year allocations, even for the Condition Dwelling Clinic in Aso Villa, there is very little to show for it, although our leaders continue to get pleasure from superb health care in international lands and at community expenditure.
The ongoing strike by resident doctors is just 1 of the numerous walk-offs by wellbeing sector employees as a consequence of government’s deficiency of fascination to make our procedure perform. Sadly, the problem is the exact same at sub-countrywide degrees.
Governments arrive at agreements with wellness workers and renege at will. Our medical professionals are amid the worst paid in the planet. Some states even owe well being personnel months in arrears with no rapid options to shell out, ensuing in what is referred to in medical circles as the “hunger virus”.
Govt is unwilling to resolve our damaged wellbeing technique. In excess of the decades, Nigeria-qualified medical practitioners and nurses have experienced to consider their fates in their arms by trying to get greener pastures overseas. This yr, the United kingdom govt threw its doors open for sure types of Nigerian medical doctors to be a part of their well being program. The government of Saudi Arabia brazenly carried out an open recruitment of Nigerian medical doctors in Abuja. Embarrassed by the amount of medical doctors who responded and community outrage, the Federal Governing administration sent the Directorate of State Services, DSS, operatives to cease the physical exercise.
The search for men and women-oriented management in Nigeria have to carry on. We have sufficient methods to rebuild our wellbeing and educational systems, but except if we compel our leaders to stay listed here and “enjoy” the similar amenities that the regular citizens are pressured to reside with, we may possibly by no means repair the technique.
As we confront the onset of a new electoral period, allow us shun sentiments and look for for competent, patriotic and empathetic leaders to fix Nigeria.