The Chairman, Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, has said that the Executive and legislature have not taken sufficient responsibilities in providing healthcare system for Nigerian citizens.
Ohuabunwa, who stated this at the 2nd National Summit of the Young Medical Laboratory Scientists Forum (YMLSF), themed Antimicrobial Resistance: A Global Health Challenge in the Fight for Sustainable Health System, in Abuja, said Nigerians deserve a healthcare system which is available at the point of need, efficient and affordable to all, down to the rural communities.
The senator, who was represented by Uche Okoye, lamented that the country still depends on 75 per cent global funding support for immunisation while the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) remains underfunded by the federal, state governments and the private sector support systems.
According to him, all these certainly endanger the emergence of a robust universal healthcare system that is affordable and with reduced out-of pocket spending borne by health consumers.
“Many health challenges can be addressed by both the legislature and government executive through the application of responsive policies, law-making, power of budgeting, appropriation and the oversight function as may apply, he said.
In his goodwill message, the Acting Registrar, Medical Laboratory Scientists Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Erhabor Tosan, expressed hope that the YMLSF Summit will produce meaningful frameworks for countering the menace of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) which he described as reaching alarming levels in some cases in the country.
He said, rampaging microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and others have become impervious to the regular and conventional agents such as antibiotics, antivirals or antimalarial available to Nigerians.
In his welcome address, the National President, YMLSF, Okeke Obinna, said that the theme of this year’s summit becomes imperative because AMR threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.
He said “AMR is an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society. Without effective antibiotics, the success of major surgery, treatment of infections and cancer chemotherapy would be compromised.
According to him, there is therefore need to sensitize and educate the general public on the effects of AMR towards quality patient care which is being made available through the summit.
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