Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has said that Nigeria should take advantage of this Coronavirus pandemic and develop its health system, or risk another pandemic.
Mustapha stated this in Abuja on Monday, while inaugurating the Board of Experts of the Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme.
“If we had built on the experiences of Ebola and other epidemics that we’ve dealt with in the past, probably today we wouldn’t have started with about two molecular laboratories for the testing of COVID-19.”
“If you travel the shores of this country, you’ll find out that we have over 10,000 public primary healthcare centres scattered inwards and villages across the country ill-equipped, ineffective and not being put into use, but we keep building them,” Mustapha said.
He also called on the members of the board to look at governance structures in the healthcare sector apart from their primary responsibilities
He said: “COVID-19 has exposed the weaknesses in our health system, in our governance system, in our security infrastructure, in our inclusiveness and creating social safety nets for our people.”
“It’ll be the greatest disappointment of our time and of our generation if we do not seize the opportunity of the moment to redress all the deficiencies of the defects that we’ve had in our health and other infrastructure in this country.”