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COVID-19: Wake-up call for improved healthcare system in Nigeria – APC S/Africa

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), South Africa Chapter, has advised the Federal Government to focus on ways to improve on the nation’s healthcare system following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Mr Bola Babarinde, Chairman of the Chapter, gave the advice in a statement obtained by Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Sunday.

Babarinde lamented that the citizens does not trust the nation’s healthcare system due to long neglect, lack of funding and corruption in the sector over the years.

He said: “It is no longer news that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the short space of a few months has become a pandemic that has left the whole world rattled and is impacting negatively on the global economy.

“The COVID-19 is, however, making it clear to the political class that it is always better to build one’s own nation rather than journeying abroad every time there is a need for medical treatment.

“The virus is showing no discrimination in selecting whom it infects as a few members of the political class in Nigeria have tested positive to the virus.

“This is, therefore, a time for the political class in Nigeria to go into deep reflections and see how they can make the nation better.

“The nations of the world are more concerned with their own citizens and would not take kindly to receiving COVID-19 patients from Nigeria.

“Therefore, it is imperative that as an offset of this COVID-19 experience, the political class should sit down, map out constructive policies to improve the healthcare system in the nation and go ahead to implement such policies.”

Babarinde said that national and state budgets should focus on ways to improve the health and education sectors, adding that more recognition, respect and adequate remuneration should be given to medical practitioners.

According to him, majority of Nigeria’s medical practitioners are now at the fore-front in other countries, fighting to save lives of the citizens of the nations they have emigrated to.

“Research and development should be encouraged and well-funded in Nigeria with the results of such being given the right level of recognition and patronage in the country.

“There should be reduction in wasteful spending on constituency projects allowance for the legislature and the jumbo salary of political office holders should also be reduced.

“Nigeria should also look inwards and start to give due attention to our traditional medicines.

“The current COVID-19 experience has made it clear that every human is the same; there is no special medicine or treatment for the rich.

“The world is moving to green energy solutions and also focusing on herbal medical solutions.

“In China and South Africa for instance, traditional healers are well respected and given due recognition,” he said.

He commended the Lagos State Government for the proactive steps taken when the index case was discovered.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Felix Ajide
(NAN)

 

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