Former Minister of Health and Chairman of the Chigari Foundation, Professor Mohammed Pate, has called on the federal government to privatize the country’s health sector.
He said so yesterday when he visited Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State with a delegation at Government House, Birnin Kebbi.
Arguing that privatization of the health sector is the best alternative to maintain health care delivery, Pate informed his host that the delegation was in Kebbi as part of a consultative visit to the 19 northern states and Abuja to engage stakeholders in drawing up the best health security action plan.
Pate explained that the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) around the world has shown that health insecurity leads to economic insecurity due to the negative effect of the pandemic on the economic well-being of people. nations.
According to him, it is mandatory to engage in dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent diseases and unfortunate deaths, especially among children.
“I have identified the ability of traditional rulers to mobilize their subjects to imbibe health care programs, as evidenced by vaccination which has led to significant beneficiary coverage, particularly the polio vaccine which helped eradicate the disease entirely from Nigeria,” he added.
He commended the administration of Bagudu for its sustained and essential support to the health sector, which has improved the quality of health services among the communities in the state.
Emphasizing that the purpose of their visit was to meet health actors on how to reduce health insecurity in the country.
“We want to have a conversation with stakeholders about the issues of vaccination and other diseases in society. We have a lot of work to do but we are here to work with the Kebbi State government on health care delivery,” he said.
In response, the governor said he had prioritized health care in the state with an emphasis on comprehensive immunization.
Represented by Secretary of State Government (SSG), Babale Yauri, the Governor said his administration had succeeded in bringing together primary health care under one roof, bringing immunization coverage to an optimal level of more than four -twenty percent.
He said the state government has made it a policy to provide a functional primary health center to each of the 225 political wards in the state.
“Already it has rehabilitated 140 of these health centers, while renovating 36 others,” he said.
Bagudu said his administration had also recruited and trained 850 health workers to meet manpower needs in the health sector while acknowledging the contribution of traditional chiefs, community leaders and other stakeholders to success. of the immunization program by mobilizing the population to adopt the program and benefit from its benefits.
He then pledged to maintain cooperation and collaboration with the United States and other development partners to improve health care services in the state.