The Nigerian minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu recently inaugurated a twenty member committee on private healthcare infrastructure. The minister stated that “inefficiency in resource management has made it difficult for hospitals in Nigeria to meet up with best global practices. The associated failure to provide high-end medical services in many instances coupled with globalization has resulted in loss of patients to medical tourism with its attendant capital flight from the economy further worsening economic situation in the country. In the circumstances, it’s quite obvious that government alone cannot provide all the health facilities needed to provide adequate healthcare services to the teeming population, now at 167 million and expanding. The establishment of the private world-class hospital and diagnostic centers will not only satisfy the yearning of Nigerians for such services but will indeed reverse the direction of the medical tourism to Nigeria’s advantage which again is in line with the economic focus of the transformation agenda of employment and wealth creation,” Chukwu observed
The terms of reference of the committee include a critical analysis of the apparent low private sector investment in specialist hospitals. It also includes drawing up strategies and a road map for unlocking private health entrepreneurship, identify and engage potential investors with a view to guiding them to develop business models and plans for establishment of diagnostic centers.
Members of the committee include Tony Elumelu (Chair), Dr. Ebun Sonaiya, Dr. Ibrahim Wada, Dr. Yemi Onabowale, Ifeanyi Okoye, Charles Cudjoe and Wale Shonibare, the African Finance Corporation, Bank of Industry (BOI) among others.
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