The Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners(ACMP) have called on government agencies to integrate Catholic health institutions, and other health agencies to complement each other in the provision of essential health care services to all Nigerians.
The National President Dr Mathew Ashikeni stated this at the 15th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference in Abuja.
According to him, there must be a deliberate effort in supporting health institutions for synergy and multiplier effect on the health of the citizens without suffering financial hardship.
” Out of pocket payment for health care account is as high as 76.6% of total expenditure on health, with the poor suffering the most in the society. There is a need to leverage on the Catholic health care services towards achieving Universal Health Coverage”
He also spoke on the need for a robust health financing mechanism such as mandatory contributory social health insurance, where the formal and non-formal sectors, as well as communities all, participate actively in the attainment of Universal Health Coverage.
“The conference theme” Universal Health Coverage by 2030, and the role of the Catholic Medical Practitioners and sub-themes is very apt, and focus on ensuring that more persons have access to the quality of health care they need, irrespective of their social or economic status”.
The Chairman of the Occasion, Professor Pat Utomi called on the federal government to ensure that quality health care services are accessible by all Nigerians.
“The Government need to place a high value on the quality of healthcare services being given to the citizens. Malaria is still killing people daily. There is a need to strengthen the health system in Nigeria”.
He also emphasised the need for African leaders to support medical personnel in engaging in robust research that will develop the health sector.
” Medical service plays a great role in shaping and developing the world. If the body is not in good form, an individual cannot give its optimum best in carrying out daily activities.People in medical service plays a great role in shaping humanity and should be given the necessary support”.
The Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana Dr Peter Yeboah said there is a need for Nigeria to understudy other African countries whose health system is working.
“No country achieves Universal Health Coverage through fragmented health systems. There is need to develop feasible frameworks for the integration of health systems to ensure value for money and quick wins”.
“Some countries in Africa are already implementing such models of integration. Though the context may differ, it is good to develop a model that would work for Nigeria and improve the health sector”.