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The Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, 20th of July, 2020 has come out to warned of another form of pandemic if Nigeria as a Nation fails to take benefit of possibilities offered by COVID-19 to expand its healthcare infrastructure.
Speaking on the inauguration of the Board of Experts (BoE) of the Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme (HSRDIS), Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, stated there’s an emergency in the health sectors that needed the restoration of its infrastructure.
He indicated that if the country refuses to capture the opportunities to restore its healthcare infrastructure, it'd eventually find itself beginning all over again when it's faced with another.
“If we had constructed at the moment when Ebola invaded the Nation and different epidemics that we've handled in the past, possibly these days we wouldn’t have began with approximately molecular laboratories for the testing and trying out of COVID-19.
“If you tour the seashorelines of Nigeria, you'll discover that we've over 10,000 public primary healthcare centres scattered in wards and villages throughout the Nation, ill-equipped, useless, ineffective and not being placed into use however we just need to keep constructing them,” he indicated.
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The SGF advised individuals within board to have a look at governance shape in the healthcare region aside from their primary responsibilities.
“COVID-19 has uncovered the weaknesses in our fitness and health sector, in our governance system, in our security infrastructure, in our inclusiveness and growing social protection nets for the citizens of Nigeria.
“It could be the sadness thing of our time and of our era if we fail to capture the possibility of the instant to redress all of the deficiencies of the defects that we’ve had in our health and other infrastructure on this Nation,” he stated.
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