(Last Updated On: February 2, 2018)

By Moshood Sakariyau
Government have been urged to employ adequate doctors at all the Primary Health Centres in the
country to reduce the burden of secondary and tertiary facilities.

A Professor of Community Health and Primary Health Care, Olayinka Abosede made this known while delivering her Inaugural Lecture titled: “Primary Health Care in Nigeria: Gold-Plating or Refining the Gold, “Key to Health for All” at J.F Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos.

Professor Abosede said that the current high levels of brain drain and medical tourism will be drastically reduced if all the three levels of government hospitals are adequately equipped and staffed.

She stated that to ensure a smooth functioning of the health system in Nigeria, means of transport,
office supplies, adequate storage, personnel for maintenance and control are indispensable.

The Professor of Community Health and Primary Health Care lamented that inadequate stakeholder mobilisation remains a major problem of Nigeria’s Primary Health Care system. She said for effectiveness and sustainability, rigorous effort directed to this is urgently needed.
She stressed that since security and welfare of the people is the primary purpose of government, Nigeria has potentials to improve and sustain community-oriented health care.

Professor Abosede said that the health system in Nigeria must ensure that there are adequate medical and health facilities providing high quality services for every individuals.

She, however advised government to improve awareness through mass education and sustained
motivation of communities by resident health care providers to enhance the implementation of
intervention activities and ensure appropriate management and transmission of community data to

The Professor warned that access to information on the internet is likely to increase the practice of self medication especially where access to quality health care is expensive or difficult. She said that not all online medications are always correct.

She, however urged Nigerians to stop self medication with popular native concoction, “Agbo Jedi”. She said it can cause frequent urination and excessive loss of body fluid that can easily lead to death.