Senate chairman on health, Distinguished Senator. Lanre Tejuosho, health care providers, health IT giants and investors gathered today at the Nigerian Health Summit 2018 (NHS) to brainstorm on leveraging information technology to close the gap in health care delivering in the country.
The Nigerian Health Summit 2018 organized by Experto Solution Ltd was chaired by the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole represented by Dr Adedamola Dada, MD/CEO – FMC Ebute Metta Lagos took place at Golden Gate Ikoyi, Lagos State.
Present in the summit were Dr. Olajide Idris ( Lagos State Commissioner for Health), Dr. Enoma Alade, Dr. Daniel Folukoya, Mr. Remi Adeseun, Mustua Ariwala and a host of other professionals in the IT and health industry.
Senator.. Lanre Tejuosho, during his speech, confirmed to Nigerians that the major decision makers in health in the senate are all physicians whose parents also have a health background. He noted that his father, likewise that of the senate president are physicians while his mum also trained and practised as a nurse.
To this end, he assured that the eight senate assembly was determined to make a difference in the health sector.
“I emphasize all these to affirm that the current leadership of the national assembly is uniquely placed to make a difference in the health sector and our efforts though shaped by politics transcends politics and we see this as a unique privilege to use this opportunity to make a difference,” he said.
Sen. Tejuosho, x-rayed the nation’s performance in the health sector noting that data from the National Demographic Health Surveys (NDHS) as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics reveals that about 900,000 children and mothers die yearly in Nigeria.
He was sincere enough to note that progress cannot be made in the country if the health sector is note given priority.
“In my view the above statistics indicate that there is a state of emergency in health in Nigeria.
“To be clear Nigeria cannot attain economic prosperity without improving health.”
He further revealed that without proper funding the health sector will make no head way.
“However, without a predictable and stable increase in health financing our country will not be able to avert the impending health calamity,” he said.
The honourable senator appreciated the conveners of the summit noting that it was a step in the right direction as the burden of health lies on the government, the private sector and Nigerians.
He further enumerated the efforts of his committee to bring health care to the door step of many Nigerians.
When asked why there hasn’t been a remarkable achievement to show for this, he blamed it on the executive arm of government.
Responding on the ongoing JOHESU strike, the Senate Chair said the nation needs to get richer in order to solve the issue of recurrent striking actions in the country.