UK-Nigeria health project ends, sponsor urges more government, private synergy
• Decries failure of banks to give loans to doctors
The Partnership for Transforming Health System (PATH 2) funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) at the weekend called on the Nigerian government to increase its partnership with the private sector.
The project, which rounded off its eight-year implementation in Nigeria at the weekend, also decried the failure of banks to give loans to doctors in private practice to provide care, noting that government facilities alone cannot guarantee universal health coverage in the country.
The Partnership for Transforming Health Systems is a £50 million programme of technical assistance, which aims to work in partnership with Nigerian stakeholders to transform health services in Nigeria.
Officials said the purpose of the PATHS programme is to improve the delivery and use of effective, replicable, affordable health services for the management of common health problems that affect poor people in Nigeria in five states of Enugu, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna and Lagos states.
National Programme Manager of PATH 2, Dr. Mike Egbo, who spoke at the end of the project dissemination in Abuja, stressed that it now behoves government to continue with the programme and use it to further boost health care delivery in the country.
He described PATH 2 as the biggest health project worldwide, noting that £148 million was spent on the project which assisted patients to receive medical services for HIV, maternal and child care, malaria, immunisation, nutrition and saved the lives of many mothers.
Not less than one million people had benefitted from PATH 2 in the five states, Egbo said.Deputy National Programme Manager, PATH 2, Dr. Ibrahim Yisa said the project was a follow-up to a previous programme that had the same mandate.
“So, if you put all the achievements together, a lot of results have been achieved across all the states that we worked in and also at the federal level,” she noted.A stakeholder, Dr. Amina Aminu said the project made positive impacts on transforming health system in many ways.