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The Chairman, Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria, Lagos , Dr Aina Ademola, has said instead of a ban,  the Federal Government should support medical doctors in its employ to set up private practices.
He said this at the HCPAN Annual General Meeting in Lagos.
Ademola argued that the government hospitals in the country were not enough to cater to the Nigerian population.
The physician, who condemned the idea, stated that such prohibition would only frustrate Nigerians’ access to quality medical services especially at the community level.
According to him, private practices are the ones bearing the brunt of the inadequacies that exist in public health institutions across the country.
“Most of the environment and infrastructure in public hospital is nothing to write home about. For example, how many public hospitals have the right hospital environment to prevent infection?
“As far as Nigerians are concerned, they want good medical services and government must rise to its responsibilities and concentrate on making its hospitals more efficient at all cost,” he added.
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, Association of Community Pharmacy of Nigeria, Lagos,  Mrs. Abiola Paul-Ozeih, encouraged HCPAN members to mount pressure on stakeholders in the sector on the need to improve health insurance coverage in the country.
The pharmacist also called on professionals in the sector to shun acrimony by working together in the discharge of their duties.
By: Bukola Adebayo

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