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Africa’s per capita insufficient to address complex healthcare challenges – Aig-Imoukhuede

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The per capita spend of African governments on healthcare is insufficient to address the complex healthcare challenges facing the continent, said Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Chairman of the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation.

He said this at the Africa-UK health summit held recently in London.

The Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation, a public sector-focused philanthropic organisation founded to improve the lives of Africans through transformed public service delivery and increased access to quality primary healthcare, was a key sponsor at the Africa-UK health summit.

The Africa-UK health summit is a prestigious annual event that brings together key stakeholders to facilitate dialogue and partnerships aimed at addressing Africa’s pressing health challenges.

The foundation’s sponsorship of the summit demonstrates its commitment to advancing healthcare in Africa and promoting collaborative efforts that lead to positive outcomes for African citizens.

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Speaking during the summit at a session on “Health Financing and the role of business”, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, chairman of the foundation, stated that the per capita spend of African governments on healthcare was insufficient to address the complex healthcare challenges facing the continent and that the private sector had a major role to play in devising innovative solutions to close this funding gap.

One such innovative solution is the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria’s (PSHAN) ground-breaking initiative, the Adopt a Healthcare Facility, Programme (ADHFP), which seeks to establish one world-class primary healthcare centre in each of Nigeria’s 774 Local Government Areas, increasing access to affordable quality primary healthcare across the country.

During the summit, the foundation was presented with an award by PSHAN, for its adoption of 23 primary healthcare centres, a commitment of N2.3 billion, which will ensure that the healthcare centres have the right equipment, medical staff and drugs to provide comprehensive healthcare services in the communities for a 5 year period.

Presenting the award, Tinuola Akinbolagbe, managing director of PSHAN, stated that approximately 90 percent of the healthcare challenges faced by Nigerians could be addressed at the primary healthcare level.

She applauded the foundation for supporting the establishment of the primary healthcare centres and called on other private sector entities and individuals to follow suit and support the programme.