Yes...the bride in the health sector has to be the patient. The person who it is all about, the centre of attraction.
The absence of concentration on the best interest of the "patient", or "the population" in implementation of health policy and health projects in Nigeria is a central concern to Nigerians, especially Professor Adetokunbo Lucas (Former Director of the Special Programme of Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization in Genevaand Professor of International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health)
Professor Lucas made the case made eloquently at a recent conference on health in Nigeria; Nigeria: Partnership for Health.
In most other countries in the world the PATIENT is central to health policy. Whether it is about the basic package of care that is guaranteed, the waiting times before treatment, access to life-saving medical interventions, or vaccination coverage ...the PATIENT is always central to policy.
Picture: New hospital in Bayelsa State
I arrived in Nigeria on the 30th of January to be greeted by a deteriorating airport with no usable lavatory facility. I proceeded do my usual running around, transact some business, visit family and friends but unfortunately decided I was going to see my baby sister at her doctors office at Onikan, Lagos. Little did I know I was never going to get a chance to see her ever again. Details on MyNigeria.com
Nigeria: Abandoned and Deserted Patients - Luth Groans
A Struggle to Stay Alive
The doctor said I need more than three million Naira to do the operation overseas. Now I am appealing to Nigerians to assist me. My father died since when I was eight years. My mother has been carrying the burden of my life. I don't want to die. Details in Thisday
The death of Mrs. Ajoke Bello who was recently delivered of sextuplets and two of the babies has not only brought to limelight again the poor child and maternal health records in Nigeria, it has also exposed the general decay in the country's healthcare delivery system. 32 year old Mrs. Bello who was successfully delivered of sextuplets through a Caesarean operation (C-section) died at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State 24 days after being delivered of the children. Details in the Financial Standard