The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated the Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) programme tagged “Better Health for All” focusing on qjuick delivery of medical and surgical care for poor Nigerians.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, announced this while declaring open the 29th Nigerian Association of Nephrology Conference at Ile-Ife on Tuesday.
He explained that RRI was mainly for poor Nigerians and all teaching hospitals and Federal Medical Centres were enlisted to offer these services.
“It is no longer news that the current administration is focusing on revitalisation of Primary Health Care (PHC).
“We have started the first phase of our promise of renovating, equipping and posting of essential medical staff to 110 PHCs (1 model PHC per senatorial district).
“Also, the European Union will be supporting revitalisation of 774 Primary Health Cares across the country and our belief is that a functional PHC will effectively handle 70 per cent of all medical consultations and as such, Nigerians will have no business flooding our tertiary facilities for basic medical care again,” Adewole said.
The minister emphasised that Nigeria had what it takes now to manage most of renal disorders.
“It’s gratifying to note that the country has also witnessed significant improvement in renal replacement therapy services”.
He stressed that Nigeria Nephrologists have moved from occasional peritoneal dialysis in the 1960s to Haemodialysis in the 1980s “and now we are offering kidney transplantation since millennium”.
Currently, he said that the five year graft and patient survival of transplanted patients is estimated to be between 60 per cent and 80 per cent and tha this was a marked improvement from the previous practice of almost 100 per cent mortality.
“I wish to advice this association to develop algorithm to conduct basic tests to screen for medical disorders including renal problems at the primary health care centre.”
Its also important that Nephrologist should try and develop a functional national renal registry in the country saying the government will offer her support for the association in these assignment.
He challenged the Nephrologist to ensure that no Nigerian goes out of the country for renal transplant as from 2018.
In his welcome address, the President, Nigerian Association of Nephrology, Prof Babatunde Salako said one of the most important components of developing nephrology services was the training of Nephrologist, who will prioritise renal disease and seek out patients who need care.
According to him, Nephrologist to general population ratios in Nigeria is one of the lowest in the world, making comprehensive delivery of renal care extremely challenging.
Salako also urged the federal government to ensure that the implementation of the Nigerian Health act is holistic including the part VI which deals with the control of blood, blood products, tissue and gametes in humans which is related transplantation of which that kidney is one.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.
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