National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has described calls for the privatization of certain services in the nation’s health sector as dangerous.
The midwives equally called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter.
National President of NANNM Abdulrafiu Adeniji said this in Abuja at the end of the 2018 International Nurses and Midwives Week.
“A danger of our healthcare system is the recent clamour for the privatisation of certain services. Let me be quick to point out that the proponents of this idea are clamouring for certain selfish and parochial interests,” Adeniji added.
“Any form of Public-Private-Partnership, PPP, that will take healthcare services from the masses will not be able to meet Nigeria’s SDG and UHC targets.
“Political elites should be warned about their insatiable quest for power as their interests should not be allowed to override public interest and access to health as a human right.
“We join other stakeholders to condemn such move which is targeted at further impoverishing the citizenry under the guise of providing healthcare services. The federal government must take a cue from the present state of the power sector in Nigeria.
“Rather than privatise health services, we are calling on the government of President Buhari to support the fight against quackery in the health sector.
“The menace of quackery portends greater danger to our healthcare system and is deadlier than the effects of all kinds of viral and haemorrhagic fever combined.”