Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, the country’s Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, yesterday urged hospitals to put saving lives first and foremost.
Recall that hospitals had received public criticism for delaying treatment of emergency cases, particularly those involving gunshot wounds, until police reports were available.
Due to the fact that so many people have perished as a result, the minister is now issuing a warning.
The minister, who gave the warning in an interview on Channels Telecision’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the federal government had issued a directive to hospitals to always save lives first before making other demands.
He said: “Recently, there have been concerns about patients who show up at the emergency facilities and police reports being asked about gunshots or accidents. ”That’s really unfortunate, but in all federal teaching hospitals, for instance, I was in Maiduguri at the weekend, life has to be saved first.
“Life first and we have reemphasised that. All our hospitals I believe are doing that. No person should come with an emergency, or life-threatening challenge and be made to lose their life while awaiting police report.
“Saving lives comes first and that is the direction we have given; that is what we would pursue and we hope all hospitals, including private ones, will have this mindset that in health, it’s lives first.”
Prof. Pate said it was expected that states across the nation would also follow up with the federal government’s directive in their various hospitals, insisting that private hospitals also had the obligation to follow the same directive.
He emphasised that Nigeria could not be any different and reminded them that their first objective as medical professionals should always be preserving lives.
He added that the National Health Insurance Authority, or NHIA, had just been established and that the federal government had decided to increase health insurance coverage in the nation.
In order to achieve Universal Health Coverage, or UHC, the minister stated that all Nigerians must have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.
Remember how the minister said that 90% of Nigerians lacked access to healthcare?