MEDICAL Practitioners in Nigeria are crying foul over the way Federal Government disbursed its N100 billion COVID-19 intervention funds to the health sector.
Doctors made their position known in an interview during the ground-breaking ceremony by Cedarcrest Hospitals in Lagos State by National President of Guild of Medical Directors, Raymond Kuti, today.
Explaining that less than 10 per cent of private medical practitioners in Nigeria got palliatives, Kuti said “less than 10 per cent of private doctors in Nigeria received Federal Government’s N100b COVID-19 intervention funds, which was more critical in the private hospitals as they see up to 60 to 70 per cent of patients in Nigeria.”
According to him, government should partner with private sector medical practitioners in finance and implementation of policies in the health sector.
Lamenting that implementation of government policies was a big bane in Nigeria, he said, average government spends about seven per cent of its budget on health and not two per cent as done in Nigeria. Kuti said two per cent were being pushed into government hospitals. He said with right policies, in less than 10 years, Nigeria would be able address the issue of medical tourism.
Also, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who was represented by the Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta, Dr Ademola Dada, said the hospital, after being completed, would attract back Nigerian doctors abroad and curtail the menace of brain drain in the country.