The College recommends the creation of a health services development bank
NNN: The International College of Surgeons (ICS) has called for the creation of a health services development bank with a single-digit interest rate applicable in the agricultural sector and industrial development.
This is contained in a statement released at the end of the ICS Annual General Meeting (AGM), Nigerian Section and Scientific Conference on Monday in Abuja.
The statement was signed by Dr. Maurice Ezeoke, President of the Nigerian Section of ICS and Prof. Lucky Onotai, Secretary General, both ICS Fellows.
The statement said such a measure would allow easy access and affordable capital for investors using the model.
He observed that the country’s medical brain drain had reached alarming proportions and urged the government to take urgent action to stem the tide.
He further disapproved of the alarming security situation in the country which was having a negative impact on the health status of Nigerians.
The body therefore called on the government to act decisively to alleviate the situation.
“The brain drain and the alarming security situation in the country have had a gross and negative impact on the health of Nigerians.
“These health problems seem to be taken care of by the private sector and the free medical interventions carried out by ICS for the moment.
“The ICS-NS therefore recommends that the public-private partnership (PPP) model of health service development appears to be the best approach and should therefore be encouraged and strengthened,” he noted.
The statement recommended a supportive and conducive environment for retention of home base medical expertise and frequent visits or full return of members of the diaspora.
He further urged the government to establish medical cities to facilitate land acquisition by medical investors.
“The government should also be involved in the sponsorship, training and development of medical expertise for the nation, which at the moment seems to be left in the hands of individuals and the private sector.
“To achieve this training and development of expertise, budget allocations for health need to be significantly improved with a view to eventually reaching the WHO recommended percentage of national budgets,” he said. .
The statement hailed the efforts of various governments to improve the health of Nigerians through the recently released National Health Insurance Act 2022.
The statement assured that the college is ready to support all government policies and measures aimed at improving the health of the people.