As part of the strategy to make health care delivery conducive for Nigerians, the Federal Government has moved to reduce the patient-waiting-time in hospitals in the country.
The government sped to action after a preliminary report was submitted on Thursday by the Bureau of Public Service Reform, BPSR, in Abuja on the causes for the delay in service delivery in hospitals in the country.
Speaking on the report presented to him by the Bureau, the Minister of Health, Mr Isaac Adewole said the project was timely because the government’s major concerns have been how to improve quality care in the health sector.
“We have concerns over the level of trust demonstrated by the public over the health sector in the country and it is worrisome when people leave the country abroad just to believe similar ailments cannot be treated in the country,”
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Adewole further disclosed that the study was part of a way to build quality healthcare services, trust, and win the hearts and minds of its citizens.
The minister said the collapse of the health care system over the years has been responsible for the state of health facilities in the country adding that the government is keen on revamping the primary health care services in the country at present so everyone could enjoy the benefit.
Adewole also added that there can be a change in all health facilities across the country especially in terms of personnel, referral systems and infrastructural development.
Head of the investigation team and former Director-General of BPSR, Joe Abah, said there was a lot to be done in the hospitals to make them functional. He added that BPSR had rolled out the project to see how to make it easier for patients to see doctors in government hospitals.
“We need to fix the referral system and most of the infrastructure in the hospitals, the toilets which are mostly non-functional, power outages, comfortable waiting areas, signage to assist patients to know where to go for services and new electronic data capturing equipment to ease documentation processes among others”.