70% Nigerians get healthcare from private sector, says SFH

The Society for Family Health has said at least 70 per cent of Nigerians receive health care and related services form private sectors across the country.

This was made known by the Deputy Managing Director of programmes in Strategy at the Society of Family Health, Dr. Jeniffer Ayante at the Integrate programme by the organisation.

The intergrate programme which is a four-year project is co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as Merck for Mothers foundation. It is implemented by a consortium of partners led by SFH in Lagos and Kaduna States.

Ayante said, “We decided to take this project to communities because it is really important to focus on underserved people because 70 per cent of Nigerians for example receive their health care at least first point of call in what we call the private sector.

And in this case, often the private sector in Nigeria tends to consist of some community Pharmacies and Patents and Proprietary Medicine Vendors.

“These are reasons why we took the projects to underdeveloped communities. Usually, these PPMVs  are in the communities and they often accept credits from people who are poor and underserved rather than when they go to the hospitals and they have to pay for their care, buy a card, pay consultancy fee and all that, so often at our society of family health we listen to our communities and because we listen to our communities we know that the challenges with economic issues and all that, getting access to providers can be a challenge and because of that, we work with underserved communities and of course that includes patent and proprietary medicine vendors also called workshops as well as PPMVs.”

The project director, Mr Emeka Okafor, also said that if the project was properly supervised, it had the capacity to provide an expanded scope of service and the overall goal was to use these evidences to influence policies that would enable these categories of providers to provide the basic primary health care within their communities.

SOURCE: THE PUNCH

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