The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Elkris Group, Dr. Elliott Scott Omose, has called on the Federal Government and African leaders to fix Basic, Accessible and Affordable (BAA) healthcare at primary level.
He decried the way general hospitals and teaching hospitals are continually overwhelmed because most of the available qualified doctors are concentrated in urban cities and towns while the rural areas have next to nothing.
He observed that public healthcare management in the country and most African countries remained poor and ineffective due to the faulty service delivery model and structure that governments and decision makers adopt.
Omose, who is also the founder of PreDiagnosis International, an innovative public healthcare management non-profit organisation with footholds in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia and a few other African countries, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Lagos.
He said for the teeming poor and vulnerable population in the continent to really enjoy accessible public healthcare, the current structural loophole with universal health coverage in Africa with the glaring absence of Basic, Accessible and Affordable (BAA) healthcare at primary level, must be fixed.
He noted that Africa remained poor in terms of provision of universal health coverage which, according to the United Nations, “means that all people have access to the full range of quality health services they need, when they need them and where they need them, without incurring financial hardship.”
Dr. Omose reminded the continent’s leaders and governments that: “The United Nations General Assembly High Level meeting on Universal Health Coverage in 2019 strongly restated that health is a precondition, outcome and indicator for social, economic and environmental dimensions of UN’s 2030 sustainable development goal.