Health crisis: NMA advocates PPP for hospitals

The Chairman, FCT Chapter, Dr Chiedozie Achonwa, made call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

The Nigeria Medical Association has advocated Public Private Partnership in management of hospitals to promote effective and efficient healthcare service delivery in the country.
The Chairman, FCT Chapter, Dr Chiedozie Achonwa, made call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.
Anchonwa said that would be of mutual benefits to both public private hospitals, especially in terms of efficient management of hospitals.
He said: “Let the public hospitals partner with the private hospitals so that they can be able to tell us how they are running the affairs of their hospitals so that public hospitals can emulate the private.
“The partnership will be aimed at harnessing and optimising the use of all available resources, knowledge and facilities required to promote efficient, effective, affordable, accessible, equitable and sustainable healthcare for all people in Nigeria.”
He noted that effective partnerships among public and private hospitals would allow fulfilment of their social expectations without compromising core missions.
He said that the PPP would give a more comprehensive service delivery, where not only are the facilities developed and improved but services are provided.
Achonwa said that scorecards on health sector must be examined to determine the success or failure of the government.
He said that the public and private partnership should be developed in the provision of hospital services, including changes, improvement of mechanisms, current processes, financial and capital capacity building.
However, the chairman noted that there was need to consider prerequisites and measures to help such partnership to be effective and produce valuable result.
This policy would also curb incessant strikes in the health sector, he noted.

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