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AGPMPN boss advocates importance of PPPs in Healthcare delivery

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The National President, Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), Dr. Iyke Odo, has said that public private partnerships (PPP) will play a critical role in improving healthcare indices in Nigeria, as it will bring the best characteristics of public and private sectors to improve efficiency, quality, innovation and health impact of both private and public systems.

Odo stated that adopting PPP, whilst the public sector is seen as representing a pool of potentials and resources central to the delivery of key public services, the private sector is regarded for its ability to harness its expertise in realising substantial incremental values of those resources in healthcare delivery.

The president made the call in Lagos at the AGPMPN centenary strategic dinner/fund raising towards its 100 years celebration coming up on May 25, 2021 in Abuja.

Odo noted that public sector’s potential would not be fully released without the private sector, whose participation can expand opportunities through disciplines and skills, which include commercial incentives, a focus on patients requirements, new and innovative approaches and better healthcare delivery.

He explained that PPP is more than just privatisation, stressing that prime drivers behind improved efficiency in a privatisation project are freedom to invest, management skills and the profit motive.

Using PPPs to bring these forces to bear, he said can offer a sustainable long-term approach to improve healthcare infrastructure and enhance value of public sector assets.

Chairman, AGPMPN Lagos State branch, Dr. Makinde Akinlemibola said the organisation is focused on saving lives of women and children in Lagos and Nigeria at large.

He said the most rapid gains against mortality can be made by giving women, especially young wives, mothers and children, greater confidence, thereby empowering them.

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