Healthcare practitioners have been charged to exhibit managerial skills to face daunting challenges confronting healthcare system in sub-Sahara Africa.
Making the call during the a week-long Residence Training Programme for Health Leaders and Managers in West Africa organised by the Lagos Business School, LBS, in collaboration with the Management Development Institute, MDI, Professor of Strategic Management at Lagos Business School, Chris Ogbechie, urged them to implement and improve national healthcare priorities and systems. In his remarks, Ogbechie said Africans have several issues with their health system. He noted that brain drain, poor health facilities, Africans seeing health as a social intervention and as such, should be free are some of the challenges confronting Africa, hence the need for the training by experts. “Doctors are not good managers of resources but they can learn from managers. With prudent management, we can improve healthcare in Africa.” He also said that if a small fraction of what Africans spend on medical tourism are spent on our health system, it will change the narrative of health system in the continent. Also speaking, the Dean, Lagos Business School, Dr. Enase Okonedo, said the primary goal of the MDI programme is to assist African ministries of health in implementing peculiar national health priorities and improving health systems. In her presentation, the President of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria, HFN, Mrs. Clare Omatseye, said that with concerted efforts between private and public sectors, the story could be changed hence the need for a managerial training like this. She further stated that enabling health policy enactment, leveraging on innovations and tackling access to finances can as well change the narrative in Africa.