FG to revamp 17,000 healthcare centres nationwide


The nationwide financial council (NEC) has accepted plans to revamp 17,000 and 774 main and secondary healthcare centres throughout the nation.

The plan was accepted on the 137th NEC assembly presided over by Vice-President Kashim Shettima in Abuja on Thursday.

Briefing the State Home correspondents on the finish of the assembly, Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi, mentioned a presentation to the NEC highlighted the crucial situation of the well being sector.

“The presentation dissected by way of very sturdy sector scan on well being, from the tertiary to the first stage, all of the gaps, the issues and challenges of funding,” he mentioned.

He mentioned President Bola Tinubu seeks to create a coalition amongst events for complete, long-lasting modifications.

On the supply of funding, Mohammed mentioned ideas had been made to make use of some taxes from communication and from airways.

He added that taxes from the state governments had been additionally thought of to bridge the monetary gaps plaguing the healthcare system.

“Definitely, we have now an enormous drawback of human capital and attrition of specialists and the necessity to develop a technique to retain our specialists to look after our well being sector,” he mentioned.

“So the presentation is a strong compact that checked out all the issues and challenges of the well being sector, from financing, the human capital, from the supervisory standpoint, and even on the management stage, from the presidency to the native governments and the necessity for us as governors, native authorities even media, to place curiosity within the well being sector.”

The Bauchi governor mentioned whereas a democratic system like Nigeria’s can’t forcefully cease the outflux of healthcare professionals to different international locations looking for greener pastures, plans are underway to handle the mind drain.

He urged Nigerian healthcare professionals to be extra patriotic.

“Underneath democracy, you can’t cease anyone from going. As a state. I’ve constructed over 1,000 main well being centres, however I don’t have the docs; I solely have 100, as you mentioned. However we used to have 3,000, they’ve run away,” he mentioned.

“We’re working very exhausting with this compact to develop a strong conditional service or scheme of service that can make them retained.

“However actually, we’re urging Nigerians to know that your own home is your own home. And you could sit down right here and work.

“Dr Pate left a really large job the place he was incomes two level one thing billion with Gavi to come back on work with 500,000 a month. I feel our docs want to know this and that is what we’re doing by way of persuasion.”

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