Prof. Isaac Adewole
The Federal Government has directed all public hospitals in the country to save patients lives first in emergency cases before demanding for money, reports Vanguard.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole gave the directive during his first official visit to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Blaming the country’s health system on chronic underfunding, the minister lamented that out of 30,000 Primary HealthCare Centres (PHCs) across the country, only 20% (6,000) are functional.
Adewole state that government hospitals cannot continue to turn patients without funds away adding that lives of Nigerians means much more than money.
He said: “Accidents, among other emergency cases can occur at anytime, so patients should not be refrained from accessing treatment. The poverty indicator shows that 60 to 70 percent of Nigerians are poor. This means about 100 million people are poor in Nigeria. So, we will provide basic care through the PHC system for Nigerians.”
Expressing his disappointment with the situation he met at LUTH, the minister also instructed the hospital’s Management not to allow patients stay beyond 24 hours in the Accident & Emergency Unit of the hospital so as to create room for incoming emergency cases.
Prof. Adewole who revealed that plans are underway to rebuild 10,000 PHCs within the next three years, also disclosed that Nigeria needs at least 140 radiotherapy machines to face the challenges of Cancer in the country.
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