Ophthalmologist calls for more fund in health sector

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

Dr Abubakar Ayinla

An Ophthalmologist with the Kwara State Civil Service Hospital, Ilorin, Dr Abubakar Ayinla has reiterated the need for all tires of government to eject more funds into the health sector.

He said this is in line with the United Nations World Health Conference which recommends 15 percent of the nation’s resources to health care.

Dr Ayinla, who made the suggestion in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while answering questions from VON Correspondent, lamented that in the past 17 years; hardly had the Nigerian government spent seven percent of its resources on health.

The Ophthalmologist, who is also the State chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) stressed the need for government to provide state of the art equipment to hospitals, clinics and other health centres so as to encourage patients to patronise government hospitals and discourage them from patronising quacks.

Dr Ayinla disclosed that the budget for health should not be on concurrent list but rather on recurrent list which should not be subjected to any debate from any quarters.

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According to him, Nigerian doctors have concluded plans to chat a way out of embarking on frequent strikes in the country in line with the oath of office.

they swore to always embark on dialogue at all times with the government explaining that it is not the joy of medical practitioners to see patients suffer when they abandon their duty posts.

The Medical Practitioner stated that the coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) programme needed to be extended to the rural areas for them to equally benefit while more funds should be committed to the scheme.
Dr Ayinla stressed that the doctor/patient ratio and the nurses/patient ratio had not been satisfactory in the country and emphasised the need for government to quickly address the lapses.

He complained that the nation was too slow in achieving more in her health programmes.
The NMA chairman appealed to Nigerians to pay greater attention to their health care particularly in terms of basic hygiene.

He said cases of eye blindness and other eye challenges which are avoidable are more common among the rural dwellers due to their low economic status and lack of inadequate medical attention by the government.
According to him, under his tenure, over 100 patients benefited from the free eye surgery and other related eye treatments while plans had been concluded to extend such services to Edidi in the Kwara South Senatorial District.
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