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Plateau marks 2021 World Health Day; DevComs urges govts to provide adequate healthcare for citizenry

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Nigerian governments at all levels have been called to address health inequalities in the country and provide a conducive environment for citizens to thrive in good health, as failure to provide equitable access to quality healthcare is unfair to Nigerians.

The government is also called upon to provide equitable health care coverage to all citizens to reduce the impact of health emergencies on Nigerians. 

The Development Communications (DevComs) Network Program Director,
Akin Jimoh, made the call in a statement issued to our correspondent in Jos on Tuesday, to mark this year’s celebration of World Health Day, which is being celebrated on every 6 April of every year.

He observed that, the ongoing Corona-virus (COVID-19) pandemic has shown the fragile nature of health care services and coverage in the country, a situation that has been worsened by the ongoing strike by resident doctors across the country. 

“The actions of the doctors are a direct result of age-long disagreements with the government, an action that impacts more on vulnerable groups across the country,” he observed.    

According to him, DevComs Network condemned the unequal access to health care delivery between the general populace and government officials, political leaders, traditional rulers, and majority of the affluent in the society.

The Program Director noted also that, majority of Nigerians are struggling daily to make ends meet and put food on the table, while most of them still live below poverty lines, and how the advent of COVID-19 has shown the unequal distribution of wealth in the country.

“Though, Nigeria is a resource-rich country, the majority of citizens continue to wallop in poverty. This has led to a lot of problems in the country – from insecurity to lack of many social amenities, including steady electricity supply, portable water, and so on. All these impact on the health of the populace, and lack of good health indices is an indicator that we are not thriving as a country,” he noted.

He stressed that, Nigerian government needs to do more for the populace, no matter who is in power in the country. COVID-19 has hit all nations with a greater impact on communities and vulnerable groups, with limited access to high-quality health care and a high burden of disease and infirmities. 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that “some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others – entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.”

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