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Funding primary healthcare can reduce mortalities, says experts

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To reduce mortality and improve healthcare system, medical experts have restated the need for government at all levels to fund the Primary Health Care (PHC) system.

They claimed that funding the primary care institutions and mandatory health insurance scheme could solve the country’s healthcare challenges. The experts made the remarks during the 40th anniversary and reunion of the 1979 set of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL), at Ikeja, Lagos, adding that government needs to prioritise healthcare.

Provost of the CMUL, Prof. Afolabi Lesi said although the government is trying, but more efforts should be made.He added that the alumni have been aiding the College through annual dinner and fund raising, as they are key stakeholders in developing their alma mater.
 
“Increasing coverage of the health insurance scheme will give people access to quality, accessible and quality health care. The set of ’79 is celebrating 40 years of leaving the school. They have many reasons to thank God.  It is an opportunity for them to reflect on what they received as students in the College, in terms of value and quality of education.”

Citing lack of manpower and resources as challenges facing the institution, the provost said they are doing their best to improve care, by engaging in series of research.

Similarly, the President of the set, Dr. Francis Olotu, said the government should improve hospitals and make provision for further training of medical student graduates.“If government makes training positions easily available, young doctors are likely to take courses and advance themselves professionally. Brain drain could be reduced if the wages of doctors could be improved,” he said.

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