By Ikenna Osuoha
The Tinubu Medical Department/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) has expressed confidence in the ability of APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu to revamp Nigeria’s health sector, if elected.
Dr. Ikechukwu Odikpo, Medical Director of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), had this to say while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
Odikpo, who acknowledged the gaps in Nigeria’s health sector, expressed confidence in Tinubu’s willingness to close the gaps by enhancing the strong health policies of the current APC-led administration.
He explained that Tinubu’s strategy to improve well-being and bring doctors home an environment conducive to prospering professionally would end brain drain and medical tourism.
“If the well-being of a doctor is properly cared for and the working environment is enabled, which is one of the plans of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, certainly the work will be exciting and will reduce the brain drain.
“Secondly, Tinubu, as it did in Lagos, will ensure fast and quality healthcare delivery, medical tourism would be reduced,” he said.
The director, who described Tinubu as a visionary leader, said he would communicate with the country’s health stakeholders on February 10.
According to him, the scheduled meetings are aimed at having conversations with doctors and health workers about ways to reposition the country’s health sector.
Dr. Joseph Kigbu, secretary of the Campaign Council, also told NAN about Tinubu’s ability to improve health policies and the successes of the current APC-led administration.
Kigbu said that Tinubu had promised to expand the services of the Primary Health Centers by locating one in every constituency in the country.
He said Tinubu was determined to replicate his successes in Lagos, making it the only state in Nigeria with the lowest maternal mortality rate.
Lamenting Nigeria’s high maternal mortality rate, the secretary said Tinubu would lead to policies capable of preserving the lives of mothers and children during childbirth.
Kigbu reaffirmed the APC presidential candidate’s ability to push through the National Health Insurance improvement process that would tackle out-of-pocket syndrome and ensure equality in health.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), in collaboration with the Healthcare Transformation Coalition (HTC), recently organized a symposium on the transformation of the Nigerian health sector. (NAN) (www.nanews.ng)
Edited by Idris Abdulrahman