Adequate investment and funding in health care services and human capital are major strategies required to improve the country’s poor health indices, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Akin Osibogun, and the Head of Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye, have said.
The duo, who made this assertion in Lagos yesterday, called for an environment that encourages health financing.
In his submission at a training workshop, tagged ‘Health Reporting’, organised by LUTH, Oshibogun said community involvement was essential for sustainable health development in Lagos with its 18 million people, who required no fewer than six teaching hospitals.
In a lecture entitled ‘Health Sector Financing for Sustainable Development in Nigeria’, he said the linkage between health and development was no longer in doubt, and that there was the need to adequately equip the health sector in terms of manpower, infrastructure, financing and facilities.
Noting that development and provision of health should be seen as a shared responsibility, he urged private organisations, individuals and families to play a role in ensuring an improved health care delivery in the country.