Healthcare:CACOL Calls For Adequate Funding

The Center for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has called for Government intervention on the poor state of the Healthcare in the country.

The Punch Newspaper revealed that, “Teaching hospitals, state hospitals across the country are fast collapsing following the neglect of the health facilities by the state governors. Findings by our correspondents across the country showed that buildings in many of the hospitals were in a state of disrepair while the health institutions lacked equipment as well as basic consumables needed to treat patients”.

The Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr Debo Adeniran, in a statement signed by its Media Officer, Toyin Odofin, said that healthcare sector is an important aspect which the government should look into, adding that Citizen Welfares should be paramount to the Government. “The conditions of some of the hospitals were worsened by unhealthy and dirty environment and action should be put in place.”

It was gathered that, General Hospitals in some states were in short supply of hand gloves, face masks, drip stands, wheelchairs and stationery for recording patients’ complaints. Also some other equipment’s such as; scanners, endoscopy machines and functional mortuaries were non-existent in many of the hospitals.

Findings revealed that most of the state hospitals lacked emergency equipment, ambulance or vehicles, while operating theatres were ill-equipped. The state hospitals also faced the problems of power and water supply, while in some Hospitals; patients were left with no option but to sleep on bare floor due to inadequate bed space.

Mr Adeniran, however, urged the Government to intervene into the Healthcare sector and make available the necessary equipment and motivation available to health workers before it gets out of hand.

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