Speaking at the Cross River State Health meeting in Calabar, the State capital, Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole has advised Nigerian Governors to rehabilitate the Health centres in their various states in place of building new ones.
According to the Health Minister: ”There is no need building new health care delivery centres, instead of taking care of existing ones, provide human resources, clear the weeds, provide electricity, and make health centres function adequately.”
Prof. Adewole also advised the people handling the $1.5m designed for the development of Health Care Delivery System in the country to mind how they utilize the fund, otherwise face the EFCC.
He said: “Nigeria is one country in the world where 70 to 80 Per cent of funds provided for the provision of good medical health care facility end up in pockets of private individuals. Let me warn that the EFCC is out to look for such people.
So beware if you do not use it well you will be on your own. We will be mobilizing funds for provision of good health care programmes in the country. We are also going to mobilize funds for the provision of good health care delivery for about 8million Nigerians.
We intend to commence a free test and treatment for the four different cancers disturbing the lives of our country men and women; that is the prostrate cancer for men, breast cancer for women and several others. It is part of the rapid result that we started last year. For as long as you are poor, we will give treatment to you. If you are not poor please don’t go there.”
At the event themed “Translating Health Policies and Plans into Action” Adewole disclosed that plan to provide free medical surgery for 10,000 Nigerians who cannot pay for cancer treatment had been concluded.
The Health summit was organized by the State Government.