Poor rate of leadership in Nigeria major cause of underdevelopment – Dariye
Former Governor Joshua Chibe Dariye (of Plateau State), now Senator, has condemned in totality the deplorable state of health care system as ‘national embarrassment’ to the continent.
The ex-governor made this declaration, while speaking at the general meeting recently held by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Jos, with a theme, “Addressing the Crisis in the National Health System, The Role of Doctors as Managers of Health Care Resources.”
The senator observed that, the rate of poor leadership is the major cause of underdevelopment of the primary health care in the country, which has been ravaged by many households in the rural and urban settlements.
He urged Nigerian governors to understand that ‘health is wealth;’ saying, “We need to restructure a policy on health care delivery system to tackle medical tourism outside the country.”
Senator Dariye described the poor health care system, which has bedeviled African countries, as ‘worrisome,’ with majority of the population suffering daily from poor management.
Also speaking at the event, Governor Simon Lalong said, the poor indices on health care delivery are characterized by inadequate and poorly motivated personnel, grossly ill-equipped facilities linked to low allocation of resources.
Represented by his deputy, Professor Sonni Tyoden, the governor said that, the contemporary doctors are saddled with responsibilities, which are not limited to clinical services, research, teaching, leadership and managerial roles, in their various areas of professional services.
According to him, to address the problems of the overall context of health care delivery and training of doctors in comprehensive health management, there is need to enhance continuously to meet the dynamic challenges of health care delivery system.
The chairman NMA Plateau state, Dr Bupwatda Pokop, advocated the building of an International World Medical Tourism Centre in the state, adding that in a bid to provide efficient and effective health services to the people, the association has maintained a close working relationship with the Nigerians in their partnering efforts.
Dr Pokop also said, “I want to assure you that in line with our medical practice we will strive to sustain and internationally improve medical tourism.”
Speaking earlier, the commissioner for health, Dr. Kudem Kamshak, said, “the reason for plateau to partner with NMA is to ensure efficiency in the healthcare sector, adding that, the state is in full collaboration to function on medical exercise without any hindrance.”