Alabi made the statement at the fifth edition of the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award held last Friday at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
He said, “The way forward is for the private sector to drive healthcare in Nigeria. The government must actually step back and give the private sector the opportunity to run the health delivery.
“We can actually have the Public-Private Partnership where government regulates the price of healthcare so that the poor will not be exploited,” he noted.
On the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award, Alabi said the award was created to promote excellence in the healthcare industry where providers can be excited and improve on their system.
“It has been exciting, growing, and the health sector has accepted this award as a benchmark for excellence in Nigeria,” he said.
Reacting to questions on the state of the Nigerian health sector, Alabi said, “We are not there yet, but we are aspiring and we are having a lot of centres of excellence springing up in Nigeria and I think we are going to be the medical tourism spot for West Africa as we are going.”
In his welcome address, the Project Director, Nigeria Healthcare Award, Dr. Sola Alabi, said the award was initiated to restore the glory of the health sector in the country as well as to celebrate hard work and perseverance in the sector.
The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award was received by the Pro-Chancellor of Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, Prof. Fola Tayo, for his roles as members of several private and government organisation’s committees on health and education.
On the criteria for awarding the Lifetime Achievement to a recipient, Alabi said, “The recipient has to be 70 years old and above, and must have contributed to both public and private healthcare in Nigeria.
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