Citing the many benefits embedded in the Act, the Provost, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, has called for effective implementation of the National Health Act, saying the Act , if enforced, would improve the standard and quality of healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
Ogunsola noted that the successfully implementation of the Health Act , would renew the country’s health system where the roles of various actors are clearly understood and adhered to towards greater efficiency.
The National Health Bill seeks to provide a framework for the regulation, development and management of a National Health system and set standards for rendering health service in the country. Former President Goodluck Jonathan assented to the National Health Act which was then a Bill in December 2014 .
Speaking at an event organised by the management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, for its doctors recently inaugurated as Fellows of the National Postgraduate Medical College and the West African College of Physicians, Ogunsola, said implementation of the Act will offer more Nigerians especially the vulnerable group access to quality health services. Adding that the Health Act will also improve the health status of Nigerians if well implemented .
While calling on the doctors to be patient-focused., the provost also charged them to support all efforts aimed at implementing the Act. Her words: “We have the Health Act but professionals must focus on it to be implemented. There has been too much politicisation with many groups wanting power or control of the sector instead of focusing on patients.