The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday bemoaned the terrible state of Nigeria’s healthcare infrastructure, claiming he had no prior knowledge of the situation.
Mr Mustapha, who is also the chairman of the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19, while in a meeting with the leadership of the national assembly said his new position allowed him understand how the situation of the health sector.
“I can tell you for sure, I never knew that our entire healthcare infrastructure was in the state in which it is. Until I was appointed to do this work,” he said.
While he noted that the pandemic has provided the opportunity to examine the state of the national health care systems which is in dire need of reforms and funding, he said the weaknesses in Nigeria’s health systems became more glaring given the way more established health systems in Europe and America collapsed under pressure.
He, however, assured that there are plans to lay a legacy foundation for the immediate, medium and long-term development of the health system in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic across the country, Premium Times reports.
The number of confirmed cases in the country has been on the increase. As of 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, the NCDC announced a total of 288 cases including seven deaths.
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