Idris stated this as he noted many doctors and nurses were not computer literate.
He stated this at a seminar tagged, “Making Health Markets Work for the Poor in Nigeria,” organised by Pharmaccess Foundation Nigeria in Lagos.
According to Idris, technology has taken over every aspect of healthcare and stakeholders can no longer ignore its impact on their skills.
Idris said, “The government is aware of the fact that technology has a role to play in improved health care delivery. We are open to supports and ideas from stakeholders and individuals in the ICT sector on how best to achieve our aspirations in this direction.
“The first problem we have in fully adopting technology into the health system in Nigeria is the health workers themselves. Many doctors are not computer literate not to talk of being ICT compliant.
“For now, we should focus on restructuring the system, building capacities and changing the mindset of doctors, nurses and health workers on the reasons why they should equip themselves with necessary information and skills on modem technologies in medicine.”
Idris also called on the Federal Government to fund existing health centres instead of building new ones.
He added, “If the government wants the health sector to improve, it should invest in it. Out of the existing primary health care centres in Lagos, less than 40 per cent are functioning. That is why we are advising the Federal Government not to build more health centres but to equip the existing ones.”
Also, the Ogun State commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, lamented that in spite of the fact that the Federal Government invested little in health care, it expected better outcomes.
Ipaye said, “It is no longer news that 52 per cent of the country’s national resources are apportioned to federal facilities while those that are closer to the grassroots suffer. They don’t know the hardship Nigerians face.”
The Country Director, Pharmaccess Foundation Nigeria, Ms. Njide Ndili, urged governments at all levels to focus on low income communities.
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