Government at all levels in Nigeria have been urged by medical experts to ensure people at the grassroots get easy access to cheaper healthcare services.
The medics made this call at a symposium and the launch of “My Medical Bank Homecare’’- a telemedicine organisation in Lagos.
“My Medical Bank Homecare” is Nigeria’s first Healthcare Marketplace designed to enable health facilities, healthcare professionals and individual users to store essential health information from desperate locations.
In his remarks, Dr Ola Brown, the Founder, Flying Doctors Nigeria, said that the only way to provide healthcare to the common man was to make it accessible, cheap and technology-driven.
“The major challenges facing healthcare delivery are uncontrolled population growth and poor funding of healthcare,” he said.
“In order to address this, the cost of healthcare needs to be reduced, while striving to ensure increase in government allocations to the nation’s health facilities.
“One way of improving healthcare to the common man is to make it financially accessible, because healthcare is expensive anywhere in the world.
“Nigeria can do more and better with less if we can focus on preventive healthcare.’’
Similarly, Dr Tajudeen Sanusi, the Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, urged the governments to deploy more medical personnel to the rural areas to assist the doctors in carrying out simple examinations.
According to Sanusi, this will enable the doctors to attend to more patients.
On her part, Mrs Olufunke Akanle, the Registrar, Medical Rehabilitation Therapy Board of Nigeria, called for the establishment of a community-based rehabilitation centre for People with Disabilities (PwDs).