Don urges FG to set up national bank for health
A professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Jos, Plateau State, Innocent Ujah has advocated the establishment of a bank for medical profession, just like those for industries and agriculture.
Ujah said with such bank, medical practitioners can get needed funds to establish state-of-the-art hospitals, which would prevent Nigerians from travelling abroad for medical care.
He said: “If Nigeria can have Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture, I thought that the first bank to have is National Bank for Health, because health is wealth. And with that, there will be some load off the Federal Government. Medical practitioners and Nigerians can borrow money from the bank to establish state-of-the-art hospitals. Those going to India and other places are going to private establishments.”
Ujah, who delivered the 90th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Jos, spoke on ‘Navigating Landmines: The Travails of Motherhood in Nigeria’.
He explained that as an obstetrics gynaecologist, who has practised for over 40 years, he usually sees the travails of motherhood, women dying needlessly during pregnancy and childbirth.
“People go into pregnancy and childbirth thinking that it will be joy and happiness, but what we have is tragedy, death, and it is happening in a large number, because of illiteracy.”
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