‘Prevention, critical to sustainable health in Nigeria’
The Chief Executive Officer of Philips Africa, Jasper Wasterink, has stressed the need for preventive healthcare as a way of tackling the myriads of health problems bedeviling Nigeria.
Wasterink disclosed this after a study recently conducted by Philips Africa/Forbes Africa revealed that more than half of Nigerians leaning on hospital facilities for the most minor ailments.
He said that there was a clear need for improved access to primary healthcare practitioners, local health facilities, tracking health indicators and a wider availability of information about health, nutrition and fitness.
According to him, the study data of about 500 Nigerians interviewed showed that 52 per cent trust the healthcare system while only 36 per cent feel that their healthcare needs are being met.
“The study further showed that a majority of Nigerians believe improved access to health facilities would make them more effective in managing their health followed by keeping track of health indicators (52 per cent) and access to more information about health, nutrition and fitness,” Wasterink said.
While releasing the findings of the study at a media chat in Lagos tagged: “The future of health in Nigeria”, Wasterink added that, “This study highlights the need for a greater focus on preventive healthcare for a sustainable health system, especially given the prevalence of lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
“The results also reinforce the need for the Federal Government to invest a significant percentage of its healthcare budget towards medical research, preventive care, acute care and general education.
“This also suggest that more personalised consultations, more first-time right diagnosis and timely treatments from healthcare professionals would further help reduce the burden on healthcare industry in the country.
“With these findings as a guiding light, we are engaging all relevant stakeholders to drive the debate and ultimately improve the quality and cost effectiveness of healthcare services for future generations.
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