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Expert decries dearth of infrastructure, inadequate funding in health sector
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January 12, 2018 05:50:06am GMT      |      Views: 253
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Prof. Olufemi Fasanmade, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, says dearth of infrastructure and inadequate funding are major challenges hindering quality healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

Fasanmade made this known in an interview in Lagos on Friday.

“We have challenges of infrastructure decay in LUTH, because of the number of years that the hospital has been in existence.

“In fact, the previous regimes in the country have not been able to implement a phase replacement of the
ageing infrastructure in the nation’s tertiary health institutions.

“We have situations whereby x-ray machines, cancer machines, dialysis machines and many other machines procured decades ago have not been replaced.

“Even, the elevators installed and medical equipment purchased decades ago have not been replaced at LUTH,” he said.

According to him, these are major problems facing the federal tertiary health institutions across the country and they contribute to poor healthcare delivery.

“Some of the buildings here in LUTH are about 40 to 50 years old, whereas if it were abroad, they would have been replaced and refurbished, but in Nigeria,nobody demolishes anything.

“We just continue to patch until it is decayed; so, if we go through the hospitals, we will see some new buildings and some decaying buildings that should be refurbished and renovated.

“But, they cost millions of naira, especially in an institution like this which is not designed to generate money; there is no money to carry out such projects.

“This is the reason why some buildings appear neglected,” he said.

Fasanmade called on philanthropic Nigerians and private organisations to come to the rescue of the healthcare sector, noting that government could not do it alone.

“Presently, LUTH are in need of many health equipment, like the dental chair, which cost between N4 million to N5 million.

“Some of them are 30 years old already, which was suppose to be used for only five years; we normally have about a hundred of them which will cost about N500 million.

“This is not in the budget for this year.

“If LUTH alone needs just dental chairs of half a billion naira, there are many teaching hospitals that are also in need of one machine or the another, “ he said. (NAN)

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