‘Government partnership with private investors will improve medicare system’
The Federal Government has been charged to partner with private investors to improve Nigeria’s health system for the treatment of cancer patients.
The call was made during a fund raising concert organised by the Gospel of Compassion 3 (The Christ Brethren Church) in honour of The Dorcas Cancer Foundation for the treatment if children with cancer.
The Associate Pastor, Andrew Morgridge said, the health system of Nigeria is not favourable to the under privileged, with majority of the health facilities having obsolete equipment to cater for children living with cancer.
He said the situation has prompted private organisations to step to assist the cancer patients with the necessary care they need. He, however, called on the government to support and partner with the private investors to improve the country’s health system. Receiving the donation, the founder and Director, The Dorcas Cancer Foundation, Dr. Joseph Adedayo said, funding has remained one of the major challenges in the treatment of cancer, with several children diagnosed with cancer dying daily due to lack of funds for their treatment.
Joseph, who is also a consultant clinical and Radiation Ontologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), said, despite, the inadequate facilities and machines for the treatment of cancer, there was need for people to sponsor the treatment of children with cancer, as the death of one could lead to great loss for the country. Commending the Gospel of Compassion 3, for their funding to assist in the treatment of children with cancer, Joseph stressed that government should create an enabling environment for private investment in the health sector, adding that the government cannot do it alone.
“Private investment is very important to drive health forward, if you go to countries with good health system, virtually all of them is are privately manned. The government should create an enabling environment where it will be easy for private investors to bring in the machines and equipment into the country, they should also be provision of sufficient power supply to run the machines and also infrastructure for the private investors to set up radiation centres in Nigeria.”
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