FG to improve healthcare system with technology, says Osinbajo

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government is targeting use of technology to improve the nation’s healthcare system.

The vice president made this known on Thursday while giving a keynote address at the 58th Annual Delegates Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).

“We believe that the next phase of health-care development in Nigeria is going to depend a great deal on technology and innovation,” the VP said.

Speaking on the theme: ‘Quality Healthcare, an Indication for Good Governance’ he stated some of the government’s plans to “incentivise private sector investment in healthcare.”

According to him, while it has become clear that the Federal Government must improve the levels of immunisation coverage in Nigeria, among other things, he said “a robust national health insurance scheme will be required alongside private sector and donor partnership funding in order to truly move the needle in healthcare funding in Nigeria.”

Among some of the steps the Federal Government is currently taking in that direction, he said include launch of an aggressive strategic plan to attain 80 per cent immunization coverage by the year 2020 through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

He also noted that they (FG) have, “through the National Sovereign Investment Authority, invested 20 million dollars in three of our tertiary hospitals - Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano and the Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia, Abia state, to establish world-class cancer treatment and medical diagnostic facilities.

“We intend to follow these with targeted interventions in the treatment of heart and kidney disorders in particular,” he stated further.

Osinbajo also noted that already, the CBN Hospital Intervention Fund has helped fund some hospitals especially some of those that have shown track-records for game-changing activity in health-care.

Other speakers at the event were the President of the NMA, Mr. Mike Ogirima, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, a former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), the health minister, Prof Isaac Adewole, among numerous others.
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