Say No Campaign engaged the President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr. Aliyu Sokomba on the impediment of corruption on healthcare service delivery in Nigeria, through its weekly Dorocorruption discussion series on instagram Live.
According to him, Performance of the health sector in Nigeria is very poor, and as an association, NARD has always been clamoring for the implementation of policies and guidelines that will advance the cause of health care delivery in Nigeria which the National health act, signed into law in 2014, seeks to address. He pointed out that the absence of implementation of the National health act is responsible for poor performance indicators in the country’s health sector.
When implemented, the national health act is a panacea to Nigeria’s poor health sector; the detailed documents will address the issue of health financing in Nigeria which is low and was further slashed, increase the health insurance coverage, provide a legal framework which will govern and regulate health policies and guidelines in Nigeria. NARD is also advocating for the implementation of basic health care provision fund which is another component of the national health act, by so doing, the primary health centers will be strengthened, while a more effective and efficient care will be delivered to Nigerians and the health sector will improve significantly.
Responding to the act of diverting patients from public institutions to private ones, Dr. Aliyu said it is entirely criminal and must be condemned in totality, and it will require the effort of everyone to correct that anomaly. He advised that patients should always report incidences of corruption to the SERVICOM unit of such public hospitals or to the medical and dental council of Nigeria, where erring health workers will be adequately investigated and disciplined, which will serve as a significant deterrent to health workers who have intentions of erring in the future. If we continue to play our part, the menace of patient diversion will be history.
On COVID, Dr. Aliyu decried the actions of security agents who ceased the lock-down to enrich themselves by extorting citizens, thus, encouraging them to flout government orders on interstate travels, consequently, risking the lives of health workers and other innocent citizens and making the essence of the lock-down became counterproductive.