Tunde Adewopo welcomed all dignitaries and delegates to the Nigeria Health Summit 2018 held on Thursday, April at Golden Gate Ikoyi Lagos as he narrated the lapses in the health sector that led to the death of his parents few years ago.
“Health is an issue of the greatest national importance. It matters to the wellbeing of our people, and the wellbeing of the country and its economy.
“Improving our health service must be a key priority of every stakeholder and responsibility for all.
“We don’t want to just tackle the challenges facing the system; we also want to build for the future,” he said.
Dr. Adedamola Dada MD/CEO – FMC Ebute Metta Lagos declared the Nigeria Health Summit 2018 open in the capacity of the Honourable Minister Of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole who could not make it to the event.
Prof. Adewole, in his keynote address on: Health of the Nation;… affirmed that the National Health Act is the bedrock to resolving the many health challenges facing the nation today. Do we have the will power to implement it? Is the ugly question facing the Nigerian nation, he said.
The Minister noted that the FGN is not ignorant of the need for a sustainable, responsive and accessible health service in the nation because health is key to trigger economic growth in the nation.
He revealed that Nigerians spend over $1billion U.S dollars to access health care abroad. He further enumerated the efforts of the government in improving healthcare delivering in the country.
Earlier, he appreciated the organizers, Esperto solutions, dignitaries and delegates to the Nigeria Health Summit 2018.
Senator Lanre Tejuosho (Senate chairman on health), who chaired the day also enumerated the efforts of his committee in delivering affordable healthcare to Nigerians.
Dr. Olajide Idris, Lagos State Commissioner of Health on his part stated that no headway can be made without a good leadership with sincerity of purpose.
In his words good governance, policies, legislations and the workforce must work together in the transformation of healthcare. Work force retention, expansion and overhauling are detrimental to improving the health sector. He noted that more of the workforce is leaving the country for greener pastures abroad due to neglect.
Among the many pertinent issues discussed during the summit yesterday were: Closing the Health IT Gap: what does success look like and What will it take to bring health innovations to scale.
Others are: The collaborative partnership model to support the changing Healthcare landscape; How to improve the value and use of data to make informed healthcare decisions and The Missing Conversations: What Health Care Leaders Should Be Discussing.
Various IT giants in the health industry used the medium to inform the audience on their various practical efforts and innovations they have made towards the use of information technology in healthcare delivering.