Lagos State Governor's Wife, Other Health professionals Speak At 2019 Healthcare Nigeria Conference

Lagos State Governor's Wife, Other Health professionals Speak At 2019 Healthcare Nigeria Conference

for me health insurance is is the reality you know it's the future and I believe it's the only way to go you know especially when we're talking about universal health coverage I'm happy to see that things are now being I mean the state is taking over to you know to manage health in their respective states and I think it's a good thing that they're working with the HMOs because I mean they have the experience like doctor adenine C said and I'm really hoping for the best well just to say that I like to reinforce what dr. ashika said health insurance is the tool to achieving a major tool that is available to us as a country as a state in achieving universal health coverage all stakeholders the people our providers the HMOs regulators I think our rules are well-defined at least as it relates to Lego States Health Scheme we need to come together with it's an interdependent program and implementation to ensure that everyone particularly that man that woman out there on the streets the underserved and unserved common brought the scheme thank you very much ma'am we're an eye to universal health coverage I'd like to observe that health insurance is not the Silver Bullet health insurance is just one name that will get us to it wasn't health coverage and I'd like to thank from access and similar organizations but what we've done to bring helps us wait is in Nigeria to pay the Bohemians is democracy began or perhaps even before that when our data encourage them to pre sloppy governments at all levels on the matter of preventive care today perhaps 20 to 30 percent of us in this room carry the sickle cell trait in the general population that means that 6 percent of new ponds or thereabouts have sickle cell anemia sickle cell anemia causes a disproportionate burden if I possibly many of the other 5 deaths or disproportionate number of 105 deaths in Nigeria are because of sickle cell anemia the genetic testing required to determine whether one is a carrier or not costs under 1000 aya it is indeed an honor to be here I thank the organizers of this event for the opportunity given to me to address fellow professionals in the health sector as actors in the health sector I am certain that this event will boost our drive to transform the health sector the theme for the event Healthcare Nigeria transformative solution is apt and timely the transformation of healthcare in Nigeria is a collective effort we must join hands together as individuals organizations government's NGOs and development partners to ensure that we have an effectively an efficient healthcare delivery system we cannot undermines the importance of good health to the development of any nation health is wealth is only a man that is healthy that can think innovates and work effectively about health care system kills talents innovation and pressure slaves we cannot be serious about developing economy without according befitting considerations to better healthcare systems as a responsible custodian of health care delivery in Nigeria you must ensure excellent strength is accorded health care that is available and affordable our hospitals must be equipped with acquired drugs an effective laboratory for proper diagnosis continuous training of medical professionals cannot be overemphasized we have immoral rights to provide basic health care for our people in Lagos the present administration is defined is definite on the importance of health care health and environment is at the heart of policy structure tag-teams towards degrees and liqueurs I must add that we cannot be talking about the transformation of healthcare without due application of information technology to healthcare delivery you will agree with me that today's doctors are increasingly young and versatile especially in the application of digital skills such skills must be applied in the delivery of healthcare services the world is now talking about telemedicine telehealth which allows patients and doctors to communicate at remote distance it will reduce travel time as well as pressure on our doctors it is increasingly crystal that dynamic application of technology will boost healthcare industry I trust the speakers for today will do justice to the subject matter and we will all live here better informed I return to our various help us to implement the desired transformative solutions in healthcare delivery it is therefore my pleasure to declare the exhibition for this conference open to the upliftment of healthcare delivery Niger next slide what we think about the workplace and makes our health for us as practitioners for us as maybe business owners we need to see that it's linked to the bottom line whether we like it or not whether your organization is making the profit it needs it is linked intricately to the issues of mental health in the workplace and there are lots of research and studies out there showing us the import of this by 2020 depression were ranked only second to heart disease so all the hypertension heart disease that we are running about and taken as priority by 2020 depression will just be next to it and we have to pay attention and need to tackle it we need to realize that our workers employees and co-workers are struggling with this burden of depression and mental ill-health mental illness is also sitting with high levels of presenteeism we're familiar with absenteeism rights we do have people that bring presenteeism to work they are present in the workplace but they are not productive because they are depressed they are anxious they are not sleeping well they have suicidal ideas and this is affecting their productivity one in five people in the workplace experience a mental health condition and unfortunately things like stigma discrimination and you know lack of awareness makes it hard for people that struggle to come out if we check ourselves we in this room may have contributed to the stigma one way or the other because we're in a culture where there's a lot of stigma about mental health I want to charge ourselves we're thinking about you know universal health coverage to be among the advocates that are going to try and D Sigma ties mental health make people feel free to come out and seek for help make your organization such that people that are struggling finally safe to be able to ask for support and assistance this year we decided that it was important Esther having conversations allude about the different elements of care all right to discuss the place of health insurance specifically and private health insurance because it's something the what you call the elephant in the room all right everybody loves it and then people hate it and people don't sometimes know what to do with it and yet it's something that you need to understand because of its implication for all such a society and the people next like so what's the point of it the point of health insurance really is about removing the conversation about payments from the discussion when we don't have access to care that's really what it is in summary the patient need not worry about how they're going to pay for care when they need it and the physician need not worry about if they will get paid at the time they have to render care so that the entirety of the conversation is about the care that is being given and its quality the better we are able to deliver this conversation I eat the health insurance the easier it is for everyone to get closer or forces initial to get closer to universal health care next like so imagine this discussion all right yes cartoon the guys enjoying himself supposedly and enters the physician I can't be what is supposed to do switch off the Machine take him out of his room but he admitted imminent emergency nighttime and these are real-life issues that physicians face in their hospitals because they've taken people in and people don't actually either want to or not able to pay and these are some of the situations that health insurance seeks to resolve next like but the main issues around health insurance is finding a balance between two sets of competing challenges one is the customer expectation all right and here the customer might be the private paying person it might be the government being we might be a a corporation on institution paying for someone whoever the sponsor is has issues around expectations they have convened about convenience expectations about the transparency expectations about responsiveness when care is required and expectations about affordability as a whole because you might think that a corporation has so much money but when they multiply the premium per head by their population all of a sudden the numbers begin to come grade Azim and it's no longer affordable to them through one the totality of the cost to them to be affordable another balance that with systemic issues around fraud around abuse around information asymmetry and those things we must find a balance in addressing them slow can get sustainability into the system that the rate at which we hear of suicides of depression and the likes has multiplied and is one of those things where if you think about the fact that sickle cell anemia often afflicts 20% of the of the black population all right you can imagine that something with noise grade and sickle cell anemia muga have 50 many more people and the fact that a lot of people feel that is a stigma around mental health means that even the thing that you see pardoning touch the tip of the iceberg if the reason why we did this conference last year we also had a panel on mental health when we looked at that panel's performance as well as the full-blown incidences in the country or I would say that we should make it the focus condition for this year and the subsequent panels on the busiest conference will also be addressing that one of the points that we wanted to also highlight the fact that what our plans are hi Jay hmm would you offer cover for mental health issues so it's not that someone just requires physical health arrangements but it is a challenge at a on a mental health level that's also covered in the plan that we provide as Hydra HMO but certainly there's a lot of attention and we think that the awareness that we bring through this year's conference who help to support people's understanding and the stigmatization of the mental health situation so part of what we must do as a society is to be sure that we're not allocating resources to people who can afford to be by themselves which by allocating resources to people who cannot afford to pay and what that means is that those people who are better off can buy their own plans for their own cover so the dogmas are locating his resources to the people who cannot afford and hujrat areas people already attracted to urban areas where you have the better facilities the better support the battalion fresh doctor and all that so let those wounds even be the ones that are paying for private plans in the rural area the government can support condemned health day for people who have not yet come out of that where they have fewer resources so you can try to I am allocate private resources to people who can afford to pay that and public resources to people who cannot afford to be the important that we in the health sector are able to put aside our differences and sit down and look at begin to explore ways that we can come together to solve these issues building the bottom of this pyramid no is it a legal finance charge or what could be the challenge why doctors or medical professionals I stand corrected in that because you see one of the things we've understood from the interventions is run at the farm access foundation is that if enough incentive is provided for these people to go to these areas then they would go and when I talk about incentives I don't mean doing anything special just ensure that if services are provided in these areas they will be paid for and so one of the issues that happens is that Nigeria still sees health as an expense health care must be seen as a business it is it can no longer be seen as a social service because government cannot pay for health care and that is the problem because government keeps saying he wants to pay for health care has the inability to do it and so does create a disincentive for people to go to the rural areas to provide these services however if they are aware that once they go to these areas and they provide these services there will be payment for those services that have been provided I guarantee you that doctors will go to the rural areas and provide these services you


  1. Starting with d implementation of health insurance should not be d starting point but building hospitals dat are well equipped with basics & standard facilities & professional healthcare givers,

  2. So not until we have governor’s wife who happens to b a medical doctor b4 d deplorable healthcare issues can be looked into however if this is d starting point let’s deal radically with dis embarrassing healthcare in nigeria not just holding conferences whereby funds are wasted on talking conferences &not implementing & all necessary things to improve healthcare in nigeria

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