18 June 2021 by IFEANYI OSITA
Stakeholders in the health sector have called for more synergy among government and non governmental healthcare professionals to address challenges in the sector.
They made the call in Abuja at a scientific conference of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Professor Nasir Sambo noted that the Covid-19 pandemic exposed the lapses in the health care sector.
Professor Sambo while stressing the need for reforms in the sector, said NHIS had deployed measures to reposition the scheme for better service delivery.
In a message, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekwazu, represented by Dr Chinwe Ochu from the NCDC, called for more collaboration with stakeholders for research on systematic data to guide policy makers on how to mitigate the impact of Covid-19.
One of the partners, the Deputy Director Tuberculosis and Malaria Control Programme, Breakthrough Action Nigeria, Dr Bolatito Ayenigba emphasized the need for adequate attention on health challenges like Malaria, Tuberculosis, and other diseases that are predisposing factors of Covid-19.
The National Chairman of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, Professor Benjamin Uzochukwu was emphatic that the conference would address the issues surrounding the health sector.
The theme of the conference is Strategies for resilience and recovery from public health emergencies.