…blames increased maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates across the country on poor healthcare delivery
A public policy analyst, Mr Polycarp Onwubiko has decried state of public healthcare delivery in the country and attributed it to the unwieldy exclusive legislative list in the Nigeria Constitution.
He blamed increased maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates across the country on poor health care delivery, stressing that restructuring of governance would address critical issues that would lead to productive economy.
Onwubiko who spoke with reporters in Awka made reference to the study of a media organization on the total collapse of public healthcare throughout the country.
“The comatose education and health sectors in the country stemmed from the faulty political structure which striped the sub national governments of critical sectors like education and health which they could have made policies and execute programmes and projects that frontally address the needs at the grassroots levels,” he said.
While citing instances of federal government’s policy flip-flops and lack of adequate funding in execution of the “One Public Health Care per ward, Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, and the Midwives Services Scheme Strategies”, Onwubiko argued that such critical health care plans could have been efficiently executed by governments closer to the grassroots with adequate knowledge of the health challenges in geopolitical zones of the country.
He described public health care as cornerstone of health needs of the people, Onwubiko, expressing worry about Nigeria meeting up with the expectations of the Universal Healthcare and the attainment of health related Sustainable Development Goals and health security.
He noted that restructuring governance would enable the Federating Units to accord public health care the top priority it needed realizing that public healthcare is the first point of contact with healthcare system the world over.