As a way of improving the service of healthcare delivery, the Society for Quality Healthcare in Nigeria has called for adequate funding for healthcare facilities in Nigeria
Dr Abiodun Wright, the President of SQHN, made the call at a media briefing heralding the organisation’s Annual Conference in commemoration of World Patient Safety Day on Tuesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the WPSD is celebrated annually on September 17, to serve as a global reminder of the importance of patient safety.
The conference was themed ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Regulatory Oversight of Healthcare Providers in West Africa’.
Wright expressed concerns that health facilities in the country are not properly funded, noting that it contributed to the poor quality of services rendered across health facilities in the country.
According to him, funding is key to improved quality of healthcare service delivery.
He added that SQHN is committed to ensuring that improved healthcare services that meet international standards are rendered in health facilities at all levels across the country.
Wright explained that SQHN works with health facilities to improve the quality and safety of their healthcare services through education, collaboration, training and accreditation.
“The health facilities across the country have not been adequately funded, which is contributing to the poor quality of healthcare services as well as the exodus of medical personnel abroad.
“Unfortunately, many health facilities lacked the basic equipment and personnel needed for standard healthcare service delivery.
"We believed that if the country drives quality seriously and sustained it, every other thing will fall in place. But, if the country is unable to tackle quality due to poor funding, all other challenges confronting the health sector will still be there. Hence, the need for adequate funding of the health facilities,” he said.