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    Adek

    On point, you have spoken well sir

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    Ahmad

    Thanks for your exposition, albeit lengthy but tunnelled.
    The case for privatisation of the health sector ironically has been so frequently pushed by the same cabal referred to in the write up. These cabals are present in government, as a clandestine movement to excuse government of its primary duties of providing basic amenities to the people – ‘government cannot do it alone’. They are also in the private health sector as pressure groups who have eyes on government health hardwares and high potential clientele, for personal purposes only. They have relentlessly cited the telecoms ‘success’ as a case index. Unfortunately, the contrary is true.
    While the telecoms revolution is an undeniable fact of history, the factors responsible have been deliberately distorted:
    1. Mobile telecommunications boom was a global wave. The government of the day only fortunately rode on this wave, not by ‘privatisation of NITEL, but by granting of licenses to private operators. Today, by law of natural selection, privatisation or not, NITEL is still dead. This can not be drawn into health sector argument. Private health practitioners have always had practicing licence. Why have they not competitively edged out government hospitals, and made healthcare more affordable? Answer is simple – they are different; To make a phone call in an optional choice, right to healthcare IS NOT SUBJECT TO attractive bonanza.
    Moreover, the overdrawn privatisation ‘crusade’ has NOT produced the same results as telecoms; NEPA unbundling, unravelling… has not made electricity available. It is only generates debates for tariff increase for nonexistent light! Proliferation of private educational institutions also have not made quality education affordable. It has only produced reapoff markets for charlatans, while our public educational institutions are (deliberately) allowed to decay. Aviation, railways, textiles… the list is inexhaustible…
    To confuse and blame poor performance of public health institutions on legitimate demands of health workers, some of whom are being owed nearly a whole year in salaries and emoluments, would be a height of CAPITALIST insensitivity. Private or public, rights of workers to fair and timely remuneration are constitutionally guaranteed.
    The point I have tried to make is obvious: solutions to problems of healthcare in Nigeria is not in a blind Capitalist demand for privatisation of government hospitals. Solutions lie in the government playing its constitutional roles in provision of needed budgetary cover, and regulation of best practices.
    While it is a common practice for politicians and government officials across levels to travel abroad for the first symptoms of common cold, there’s perhaps some fairness in mentioning some exceptions to this trend; while Lagos State owned, ran, Tertiary health institution is still far from eldorado, LASUTH receives perhaps the largest patronage for a public health institution by government officials and politicians, and with some proud results. This only shows that the outcome expected from a system is dependent on how it is ran, and not who runs it. Selling off People’s Commonwealth is never a solution to any family problems. We already suffer from ‘over-privatisation’, no need for brokes in health.
    So, Yusuf Buhari was efficiently treated of (?head injuries) in a conducive ‘Private’ hospital, and discharged home in record time. But why are we feining ignorance that the feat was achieved by a team of heavy weight specialists ALL DRAWN FROM (inefficient) GOVERNMENT HEALTH INSTITUTIONS!?
    Case dismissed. My take.

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