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Senate Queries Adewole Over Poor State Of Health Infrastructure … National Healthcare Foundation Is Bad – Adewole

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The Senate has asked the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to explain the reasons for the poor state of health facilities all over the country.
Senate President Bukola Saraki, who took to its official Twitter handle on Tuesday, told Adewole that despite the annual budgetary allocation to the health sector, Nigerians are still dying because of obsolete equipment, and poor state of infrastructure, among others.
Saraki told Adewole: “We would give you the opportunity to take the floor to brief the Senate on the state of affairs of the Nigerian Teaching Hospitals. We are concerned with the deteriorating conditions of our hospital facilities across the country.
“Despite the annual budgetary allocation to the health sector, Nigerians are still dying because of obsolete equipment, the poor state of infrastructure, lack of generating sets, lack of power, sometimes lack of diesel, lack of drugs, etc which we are very concerned about.
“We will like to hear from you on what the true situation is, what solutions and measures you have to address the problem that is affecting the entire country and after that, we will take questions from my colleagues.”
The query follows a resolution of the Senate last week to invite the minister over a motion querying the state of the nation’s teaching hospitals
The motion sponsored by Senator David Umar follows an alarming report on the poor quality of service in Nigerian teaching hospitals.
According to Senator Umaru, the report contained in a daily newspaper observed that most teaching hospitals in the country have been overstretched, forcing patients to sleep on bare floors, plastic mats, and unhygienic conditions.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has blamed the foundation of healthcare in the country for the deteriorating conditions of hospital facilities across the country.
The Senate had summoned Adewole to appear before it on Tuesday over what the Senate President Bukola Saraki called the poor state of infrastructure that has contributed to death of Nigerians in need of health care.
Speaking before the Senate on Tuesday, Adewole said, “We can compare it to a building; primary health as the foundation, the secondary as the wall and the tertiary as the roof.
“The problem we have is that the foundation is bad and the wall is weak and we are only concerned about the roof.
“If we invest in the Primary Health Care, a lot of people would not have a cause to go to the Tertiary.
“Your Excellency, I must commend you for approving the Basic Health Care Provision Fund. It is a game changer.
“We spent two years developing, and over the last two weeks, we’ve started to roll out.
“Twenty-two of our states have registered for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.
“Our aim is to structure it in a way that money would flow from the Central Bank to the agencies.
“As of today, 14 states are yet to show interest in basic health care provision.
“We have two signatories to the account — the head of the community where it is located and the head of the facilities.
“Our aim is to offer free antenatal, free deliveries, screening for tuberculosis.
“I commend the Senate for the approval of the 1% primary healthcare inclusive in the Budget.
“Teaching hospitals cannot survive alone and in isolation. The State needs to partner with us so that secondary hospitals would be working.
“We believe that the issue of power supply should be looked into.”

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