Jonathan has repositioned Nigeria’s health sector – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the unprecedented attention
given to matters concerning the wellbeing of Nigerians by President
Goodluck Jonathan has repositioned the health sector, resulting in
better healthcare and a record increase in life expectancy in the
country.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday
said the health sector under President Jonathan has been given a
priority place resulting in the formulation and implementation of
strategic policies to strengthen the national health system for
effective and affordable delivery of health services to Nigerians as
contained in the manifesto of the PDP.

The party said the last four years have witnessed an aggressive
reorganization of the health ministry and its parastatals as well as
rehabilitation and re-equipping of federal medical institutions
including all teaching hospitals, transforming them from consulting
clinics they were reduced to, to comprehensive secondary and referral life
saving institutions.

“We recall that President Goodluck Jonathan had in 2010 launched the
National Strategic Health Development Plan (2010-2015) which clearly
spelt out government’s plans in that very important sector. Four years
down the line, the project has been pursued with vigour and
unquestionable commitment and the results are palpable.

“Using the Saving One Million Lives Initiatives and National Health
Insurance Scheme, it is incontrovertible that in the last four years of
Jonathan Presidency, Nigerians have more access to adequate and
affordable health care, resulting in a record increase in life
expectancy in the nation.

“Indeed, over a million lives have been saved directly under the Saving
One Million Lives initiative by scaling up cost-effective interventions
in maternal and child health care, nutrition, prevention of mother to
child transmission of HIV, malaria control and eradication of polio.

“Today, maternal mortality has dropped by more than 50 per cent following
the provision of Midwives Service Scheme and the attendant facilities in
our hospitals. The Nigerian child now receives free diabetes treatment
in all public hospitals across the country also.

“Under the National Strategic Health Development Plan, new technologies
in modern medical equipment are now available in most Federal medical
institutions, positioning them to handle medical emergencies and disease
control. Thus, cases such as kidney, heart and brain ailments as well as
cancer are being effectively handled in Nigeria at present.

“After about ten years, open-heart surgery has resumed in Nigerian
hospitals. So far, more than 55 of such surgeries have been conducted in
our hospitals in 2013 with University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital,
Enugu, University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan among others as front
runners.

“Microsurgery of the brain is also now being conducted at Federal
medical Centre, Umuahia, while laparoscopic surgery for fibroid cases has
since commenced at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe. Also full
laparoscopic services has commenced at the Obafemi Awolowo University
Teaching Hospital Ile Ife.

“This is in addition to the establishment of Geriatric Units for the
elderly in Federal Tertiary Hospitals while renal transplant is now
handled in most teaching hospitals across the country.

“Following the reviving of investment in medical research which was
neglected in the past, Nigeria has been able to record breakthrough in
the management of sickle cell anaemia with the University of Benin
Teaching Hospital performing an infusion cell into sickle anemia
patience in 2012.

“The National Orthopedic Hospitals in Enugu, Kano and Lagos as well as
Federal Medical Centre, Yenegoa among others are now performing Total
knee and hip replacement thereby giving lifeline to accident victims in
the country. Great successes have been recorded with record high number
of VVF repairs at the National Obstetric Fistula Centres using state of
the art equipment,” the party said.

The PDP added that the repositioning of the sector under President
Jonathan enabled the country to achieve the globally acknowledged feat
on the control of Ebola Virus Disease, which has made our health system
a model for other countries.

“In the same vein, the country recorded another health milestone with
the eradication of polio. Following our aggressive drive, no new case of
the disease has been recorded in the last six months and this qualifies
Nigeria to be declared polio-free this month in line with global
requirements.

The PDP also said that, as a way of strengthening the capacity of health
workers towards job satisfaction and better service delivery, “the
administration in April 2014 launched the National Diploma in Paramedics
Technology in addition to the registration and training of Medical
Physicists in Nigeria.

“Nigeria now has a Revised Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical and
Dental Education as well as Curriculum on Herbal Medicine Development
while a Committee on development of indigenous herbal products for
promotion of exports has been established.

“To take the sector to the next level, the present administration has
already inaugurated a Ministerial Committee to unlock the private sector
potentials and pave the way for the establishment of world class
specialist hospitals and high-end diagnostic centres in each of the six
geo- political zones of the country.

“This is in line with the vision of the Jonathan administration to
ensure that Nigerians have quicker access to specialized medical
attention as contained in the manifesto of our great party,” the
statement concluded.

Signed;

Olisa Metuh
National Publicity secretary


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