Stakeholders seek review of private health care law
Stakeholders in the health sector in Oyo State have called for a review of the law for the establishment of private hospitals in the state.
The review of the law to effectively regulate operations of private health care practice and strengthen the monitoring system according to them would help to reduce quackery.
Rising from the four- day maiden health summit of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA). the Chairman and Secretary of the association, Dr. Muideen Olatunji and Babatunde Akinwumi respectively also posited that all heath related legislations in the state should be fully implemented while pending bills before the state legislature should be expedited.
In the communique made available to reporters in Ibadan, the group lamented the poor state of primary health care facilities and called on the government to address the situation pointing out that universal health care coverage concept can only work effectively when the primary heath care service is strengthened.
The communique reads in part: “The summit observed that the state has not been having an effective regulatory role on the operation of the private health care practice in the state as would have expected and this has directly put lives of the citizens at risk. The summit posited that the state ministry of health should review the law for the establishment of private hospitals and strengthen the monitoring system.
“There are various laws on heath matters in the state but not many have been effectively implemented. The state needs to fast track the passage and enactment of various bills currently before the House.
“The summit observed that the state, when a proper situation analysis is done has existing facilities that could be well utilized in the furtherance of heath/medical education and training. There is a need to push further in the effort to make the school of Hygiene and Nursing a full fledge college with all relevant courses being accredited. The state has the capacity to make the Adeoyo Maternity Hospital, a training centre in Obstetrics and Gynecology and should therefore help provide the required logistics at ensuring this laudable feat. The management and running of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso needs to be well funded so as to become a centre of excellence.’’