Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has called for public-private partnership in the Nigerian health sector to ensure improved service delivery.
Besides, the state government is to subsidise renal dialysis for Deltans to make the services available at cheaper rate for the people.
The governor, who made the call for partnership at third day of the 1st National Health Summit in Asaba, said the government was taking this step as there was a huge gap between the needs of the people and services provided in the health sector.
He said there was the need for public-private partnership in the health sector to bridge such gaps and boost health care delivery in the country.
“I am fully in support of public-private partnership in the hospitals because, that is the only way to improve on the services,” the governor said.
He said his administration had welcomed PPP as it concerned specific units at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara.
According to him, a South African firm, Zenon, will eventually take over the laboratory at the teaching hospital in Oghara, while a Texas-based firm would take over the dialysis unit of the Hospital.
“In Delta State, we are committed to building a state beyond oil especially through health tourism. So, we are partnering with Texas University and Zenon in South Africa to help handle our laboratory and dialysis departments at our teaching hospital. In another 14 to 16 months, we will be able to carry out renal transplants in the hospital,” the governor stated.