The Chairman of the Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, Prof. Akin Osibogun, has called on the federal and state governments to brace up for future pandemics which he said are inevitable.
Osibogun, at the 2020 Lagos University Teaching Hospital Week stressed the importance of teamwork in the hospital.
“We have to brace ourselves up for future pandemic because there will always be future pandemics. We will always have outbreaks and the more prepared we are, the better for us. Pandemic will keep coming so we have to be ready to combat future pandemics.
“There is the need for people to work together to achieve designed objectives. What has happened in LUTH is that a team was set up to help us fight COVID-19 and that team has discharged its responsibility well,” Osibogun said.
Corroborating Osibogun, the President, Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele, urged the country to invest more in resuscitating the health care sector.
He said, “This is not the first pandemic we are having and as we hope that this will be the last, evidence suggests that as far as the world exists, there will always be one challenge or the other.
“The point is for us to be better prepared for the next epidemic or pandemic. Our level of preparedness must improve, we need to do appropriate forecasting and build infrastructures. We need to build our health manpower and even the infrastructural base, which is clearly deficient before COVID-19 arrived.
“We must ensure that we invest more in our health care infrastructure, we must ensure that we show the needed political commitment to sustain these investments going forward and not the usual habit of political and public office holder jumping on the next available flight to overseas to receive care. We must join hands together to build our health care sector in preparedness for any further emergency.”
The Chief Medical Director, of the hospital, Prof. Chris Bode, said the 2020 LUTH week was side aside to celebrate COVID-19 response team in the hospital.