Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Prof. Oladapo Akinkugbe has decree lack of quality healthcare delivery in Nigeria says that there are still a lot of room for improvement. Akinkugbe who spoke at the 2019 Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award, NHEA, organised by the Global Health Projects and Resources, in partnership with the Anadach Group where he received Lifetime Achievement Award along with the Founder and Group Managing Director of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Dr Stella Okoli and Former Minister of Health, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, regretted that instead of the country to improve on some of the progress recorded in the past the reverse was the case.
He urged the federal, state and local government to declare state of emergency in health and education sector, “as far as healthcare is a concern, one cannot say he is very proud with the quality of healthcare in this country. I could remember my early days at University College Hospital, Ibadan, there was nothing like a private practice, everybody works to improve the sector.
“Also there was nothing like brain drain, but regrettably, I could recall in 1992 when we graduated about 200 doctors and within three years, 160 out of them left the country for greener pasture. Then someone may ask why we train doctors in this country for the benefits of another country at the masses expense. It’s kind of paradox for me. “In those days, no one thinks of living in the country, our mindset was how to improve the country healthcare system. Regrettably, Nigerians are now going to some of the countries that use to come and seek healthcare service in Nigeria before. “We need to be reminded that if we really want to help this country, we must do so in a very practical and realist manner because chasing after a dividend of western country and abandon your people who you are training with their resources will be unfair.” Project Director, Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award, NHEA, Dr Wale Alabi, has called on both Federal and State Governments to invest more and support the involvement of private-public partnership initiative in improving healthcare delivery.