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State governments need to partner with private sector- Health experts say

Bukola Afeni
Experts in the health sector have emphasized the need for the state government to partner with the private sector to improve the health sector.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health  Prof Akin Abayomi, made the disclosure
at the annual health security policy and financing forum in Abuja.
The theme of the program was ” Exemplary Health Security policy and financing reforms at the sub-national level”.
According to him, the state government should set up a benchmark that the private sector needs to follow effectively.
“Each state need to have a holistic approach in health care management.
We cannot utilise one solution for all the states. During the pandemic, the Lagos State Government worked  closely with the private sector to work for the interest of the people.”
Prof Akin Abayomi said that the Lagos state government worked with a private hospital in the management of COVID-19.
“The management of the epidemic was not difficult since Lagos State had at least 30 general hospitals and over 300 private health care facilities.
We had health care services free of charge, and we found out that we had more patronage during COVID-19 pandemic than before the pandemic”.
Aminu Ibrahim Tasnyawa, the Kano State Commissioner of health, said there is a need for each state to put in place legislation that will improve the health care facilities in each state.
” We are working in conjunction with the house of committee members to domesticate an action plan on health security. The state government has improved the health budget for the 2022 fiscal year. We are also putting in place efforts in the area of emergency response”.

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