The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to upgrading and revamping health facilities across Nigeria, for efficiency and better access.
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who made the announcement said it is part of efforts to reverse and stop medical tourism in Nigeria.
To this end, Professor Adewole disclosed that the government has released the sum of 420 million Naira each to every state, to upgrade their primary healthcare facilities.
In the course of his two-day working visit to the University College Hospital, Ibadan in Oyo State, the Minister said that the hospital was one of the seven health facilities chosen for comprehensive upgrade.
He added that the 60-year-old institution must be assisted to continue to provide leadership in quality healthcare delivery.
Boost Healthcare Delivery At Grassroots
Professor Adewole directed that henceforth, critical care and emergencies must be attended to promptly, without any demand for money until the patients were out of danger in any federal hospital across Nigeria.
He also hinted that the model primary healthcare facility under the UCH would be replicated in over 112 primary healthcare centres adopted by the Ministry of Health, to boost healthcare delivery at the grassroot and decongest teaching hospitals.
The Minister said that intense deliberations were ongoing between the Federal Government and all stakeholders on ways of curbing industrial action in the health sector.
The Chief Medical Director of UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge, in his remarks described the visit as a crucial one that would go a long way in assisting the hospital for better efficiency.