Plateau Reviving the health industry would boost economic growth and medical tourism

Jul 26, 2023 | Health | 0 comments

A dynamic economy in Plateau State would reorient the health sector to reduce medical tourism.

Governor Caleb Mutfwang made this statement Monday in Jos when a delegation of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) headed by Chairman Dr. William Audu visited him at the New Government House, Little Rayfield.

Mutfwang said the state administration uses the state’s natural resources and pleasant weather to enhance the health sector and make it appealing so that residents and visitors can obtain the greatest medical services.

He thanked state medical staff for their devoted care of victims of the Mangu Local Government Area assaults.

“We are dedicated to repositioning the Plateau health sector. As a government, Plateau’s weather is ideal for medical tourism.

We will achieve it with your help. He said, “We will surely restructure the health sector and guarantee that it is properly oriented for efficient service delivery and that is what we have started.”

He said health affects every element of human life and that a thriving economy requires health.

Governor Mutfwang told Association members that the Federal Ministry of Health had approved operations at the Federal Medical Centre, Wase.

I am pleased to notify the Association that the Federal Ministry of Health has approved starting the Federal Medical Center in Wase and the National Orthopedic Hospital in Jos.

“We would do everything to facilitate the early and successful takeoff of such medical facilities and guarantee they serve our people efficiently. Moving ahead, we would look at the various points you identified in your request and you may choose to officially present them to us again so we may critically examine them.”

He encouraged Plateau State residents, particularly dentists and physiotherapists, to pursue medical careers and guaranteed that a medical school would soon open at Plateau State University, Bokkos, to encourage more state residents to enter the field.

Dr. Wiliam Audu, Plateau State NMA Chairman, visited Governor Mutfwang to congratulate him on his election win and inauguration.

He affirmed the Association’s willingness to work with the State Government to solve some of the state’s healthcare issues.

He recommended rebuilding and fencing the state’s secondary health facilities.

The NMA Chairman said revamping the Plateau Specialty Hospital would boost its functioning and capabilities as a fully operating tertiary institution.

Dr. Audu urged Governor Mutfwang to pursue public-private partnerships to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies for the state’s health facilities for the public’s health.

Dr. Audu also urged the Plateau State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (PLASCHEMA) to increase its coverage to improve health care for residents, especially the poor.

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