Healthcare System In Nigeria

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Nigeria is a country in West Africa comprising of 36 states and a population of approximately 180 million people. The provision and maintenance of healthcare in Nigeria is simultaneously, the responsibility of the three tiers of government in the country (the federal, state and local governments) and the private sector.

The Nigerian healthcare system in general is poorly developed. There is low life expectancy of fifty-three years, high infant mortality and poor maternal care. The accessibility of healthcare services and drugs are limited for the less privileged. Healthcare in Nigeria focuses mostly on primary healthcare, which of course is important but too much focus on these issues are to the detriment of other areas. There is little or
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One should be able to get care irrespective of financial contribution, class or place in society or disabilities. Secondly, the formal sector, the least vulnerable group, is the one mostly implemented currently. This involves your employer, largely the government, paying a premium on behalf of the employee. Further creating a gap in access between the rich and the poor or the employed and unemployed. If the NHIS could be managed in a good manner, it could be a functional base for good healthcare delivery. People wouldn’t die of minor illnesses that could have been treated with simple medications. There is need to strengthen and unify the broken…show more content…
HIV/AIDS rate in Nigeria is much lower compared to other African countries such as South Africa.
Due to lack of conducive environment to practice medicine, a lot of skilled Nigerian doctors and nurses are either dropping the occupation for something else or leaving the country altogether to practice elsewhere. This leaves the Nigerian healthcare system with a shortage of doctors. Instead of providing the necessary factors to make the work of these individuals bearable, the government focuses on increasing more hospitals. A government comes in to power and their idea of improving healthcare might be renovating some hospitals or building more substandard skeletal structures without the required equipment or training of personnel. They also overlook the need for more highly trained nurses, midwives, lab personnels and community health workers. There should be a strict standard for both health staff and facilities certification. All private and public healthcare facilities should only be allowed to operate with highly trained staff and specialists. Doctors and other healthcare professionals should be given the OPPORTUNITY to upgrade their skills through continuous training and

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