Medical practitioners urge LASG to collaborate with private practitioners

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The Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) has advised  the  Lagos State Government( LASG) to collaborate more with private practitioners in order to improve health indices in the state.

Dr Tunji Akintade, the Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of AGPMN, made the call in an interview on Friday in Lagos.

Akintade said the  private sector has a lot to contribute to health development in the state.

Private sector collaboration is neglected to the detriment of our health indices.

“I want the new administration  in the state  to know that public health institutions are over burden while we have empty beds under utilised in the private hospitals.

“The health of British  citizens are well covered because of the collaborations between the private and public sectors in the U.K.

“The right people need to be approached, collaborate with them and develop a system  for Lagos State which will be  the envy of the nation.

“We really need more development in private and public partnership but not neglecting other structures too,’’he said.

Akintade said the association is a body of medical and dental practitioners in the private sector who owned and worked in the health sector.

“We are also general practitioners and specialist physicians who form about 65 per cent of the caregivers in the country.

“Past governments have  tried to keep Lagos state at this level, other states are worse.

“Health is one major indices on which the performances of governments worldwide are usually assessed.

“It is only when we have a healthy nation that  we can talk of education, security, infrastructure and commerce.

“It is also good to note that our health budget is so abysmal; the  task is enormous and we are ready to move Lagos state to the next stage with the governor as the driver,” he said.

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