A Consultant Public Health Physician, Prof. Kayode Osagbemi, says there is an urgent need to reposition Nigeria’s health system for effective healthcare delivery after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Osagbemi, who made the call at a virtual seminar on “COVID-19 and Community Transmission” on Wednesday in Lagos, also advised against allowing the COVID-19 pandemic to overtake the system.
He said that there was need to continue to run clinics the way it was before the Coronavirus pandemic started.
Osagbemi is also a Professor of Public Health and Disaster Emergency at the University of Ilorin.
The seminar was organised by a Lagos-based medical communication and technology company, Monitor Healthcare Services.
“The pandemic has given us an opportunity to look inwards our health system in order to cope with the realities of our country.
“Other chronic diseases are still there and COVID-19 has not replaced them, rather it has become an addition.
“We need to reset our minds and pick up from where we stopped; continue screening, treatment, and counselling; we should unlock and let our clinics run.
“Let people check their blood pressure, glucose levels and health status generally; then, we will begin to reposition ourselves in addition to COVID-19,” he said.
Osagbemi said that compliance with the set down rules and regulations to prevent spread of the virus remained a huge challenge to seeing the downward trend in the curve.
He, however, said that community engagement and awareness were processes that could reduce the pattern of transmission of COVID-19.
The expert urged medical professionals and governments at all levels to continue to sensitise the general public on the measures put in place to prevent further spread of the virus.
“When HIV came, initially, it was much resisted and people were so passionate in rejecting it, but with increased persuasion and more people getting affected, the use of condom increased.
“Probably, its use was one of the factors that reduced HIV community transmission.
“So, all these measures including, wearing face masks, practicing the basics like handwashing, personal domestic hygiene, we should keep telling people.
“By the time some people start seeing others being affected, that may influence attitudinal change,” Osagbemi said.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
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