“With the comatose Nigerian economy that uses debts as oxygen to survive, can this government manage this second phase crisis in terms of provision of adequate healthcare facilities? Will the government be bold enough to declare another lockdown? As it seems, this is the only best logic. Does the government has any Masterplan for reviving dilapidated health sector?”
The second phase of COVID-19 is sweeping through the country and has returned Nigeria, its healthcare, social-economic, and humanitarian sectors under yet a nervous condition. With soaring figures at the rate that has made phase one a child’s play, there is a lot to fear, especially considering the fact that the country is in recession.
With the comatose Nigerian economy that uses debts as oxygen to survive, can this government manage this second phase crisis in terms of provision of adequate healthcare facilities? Will the government be bold enough to declare another lockdown? As it seems, this is the only best logic. Does the government have any Masterplan for reviving dilapidated health sector?
The impact of COVID-19 on the entire human civilization is breathtaking. In one fell swoop, cultures, education, career, technology, politics, governance structure, socioeconomic theories, etc, have been drastically altered.
The common ways of life have been changed overnight. Consequently, there are a lot of ongoing discussions in sane climes on new thinking, that is, looking at new ways of doing things. Or better still, how to take advantage of COVID-19 to deal with the multidimensional layers of emergent and future of human and societal development.
It has been acknowledged that one of the vital lessons Nigeria has learned from the COVID-19 experience is that the public health sector in the country has been in horrible, negligible, and deplorable conditions. This has been much admitted by the Secretary to the Government of the federation, Boss Mustapha recently.
It is very obvious that this accounts for the multimillion dollars perennial medical tourism by Nigeria’s top government functionaries and the rich who can afford medical services in the most expensive hospitals in any part of the world. Interestingly, Nigeria’s president is the number one culprit. Can anybody beat the vicious, devious, brutal, and buffoonery logic in this kind of leadership? They destroy the system, take to medical tourism, and leave the poor hapless citizens to die in the hospitals here. Sadly, this is where we are before the nuclear entrance of COVID-19.
Experts have been critical of the official neglect and crass mismanagement of the country’s health sector for decades. This has been responsible for the brain drain of some of Nigeria’s best medical hands to the United States, Europe, South Africa, etc. Issues such as lack of adequate personnel, equipment, lack of training and retraining, incentives, a conducive work environment, industrial harmony, inadequate funding, and corruption are among the myriads of challenges that dog the sector. The COVID-19 experience is a great opportunity to invest in Nigeria’s health sector and turn it around for good.
We challenge governments at all levels to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to equip and revitalize our healthcare system nationwide. This of course requires serious commitments in terms of strategic thinking, planning, deployment of adequate resources, as well as timely implementation. We suggest that the government of the day should begin to set up workable arrangements in this regard with immediate effect.
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