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House to support privatisation of federal hospitals to enhance quality healthcare delivery

Mr Magaji said that the health insurance should capture senior citizens aged 70 years and above into the scheme.

• June 30, 2024
Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (credit: My school gist)
Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (credit: My school gist)

The House of Representative has promised to support the campaign for the privatisation and commercialisation of the federal teaching hospitals to enhance efficiency and better healthcare delivery.

Chairman House Committee on Health, and member representing Zangon Kataf/Jaba, Federal Constituency in Kaduna State, Amos Magaji,  disclosed this to journalists on Saturday after the committee’s oversight visit to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria.

Mr Magaji said the House of Representatives would support the initiative to strengthen service delivery, adding that the Federal Government should also take a critical look into health insurance, and increase its capitation before venturing into such a project.

He added that the health insurance should capture senior citizens age 70 years and above into the scheme because with good capitation from health insurance, people will be able to pay their bills when the hospitals were commercialised.

“At the moment there is a huge burden of out of pocket expenses on health; and so if you privatise or commercialise the National Teaching Hospital, it is similar to giving Nigerians death sentences,’’ Mr Magaji said.

The chairman said governance was for the people, and as such, policies of the government should have a human face and tally with the aspirations of people.

On the visit to ABUTH, Mr Magaji expressed the committee’s dissatisfaction over the number of personnel of the hospital, noting that the prestigious tertiary health facility with 1000-bed capacity should have adequate workers to man the facility.

The chairman pledged the committee’s commitment to ensuring that grey areas in the health sector were tackled, in the overall interests of all Nigerians.

“The oversight visit to the hospital was not to find fault or witch-hunt anybody, but to assist the facility in its business of delivering quality and affordable healthcare services to Nigerians, ‘’ he said.

Earlier, Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Hamid Umdagas, told the committee that dearth of manpower and electricity supply were the major challenges of the hospital.

Mr Umdagas said that the hospital, which had six satellite stations, 40 clinical and non-clinical departments, was barely managing with only 2,805 personnel as of June 27.

According to him, the “japa’’ syndrome was hitting hard on the facility’s human resources, as some of its health facility workers disappeared, while a few retired.

(NAN) 

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