Aides Small Project International (ASPI) has pledged to support Nigeria’s Ministry of Health in addressing health care challenges in the country.
Speaking in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Head of the international nonprofit, Moses Owharo, assured that ASPI was ready to work closely with key stakeholders in providing medical equipment and technical training to health workers.
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, several gaps have been exposed in Nigeria’s health care system, with as many as 48.04 percent of people living in rural areas unable to access quality health care, according to data from the World Bank.
‘ASPI has decided to partner with relevant stakeholders to address the hospital infrastructural deficit in Nigeria’, NAN quoted Owharo as saying.
‘Today, a presentation to partner with the ministry is made, ASPI preparedness and response objectives is to work with and support the ministry and the nine states in the Niger Delta region’.
According to him, health infrastructure is a key pillar supporting the fundamental aim of promoting improved standards of care and well-being for all patients, together with a good experience of the health care system.
ASPI, according to him, will empower people with knowledge to seek and receive better health care services, further influencing better service delivery and encouraging higher levels of self-sufficiency.
For his part, the Head of the Department of Hospital Services at the ministry, Dr Noah Andrew, commended ASPI for the initiative, urging collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
‘Covid-19 pandemic has shown a particular light on the vulnerabilities of our infrastructure, especially in health care already under demand and challenging future funding scenarios’, he said.
‘This has accelerated the need to explore new models of infrastructure, planning investment design, operation, and delivery’.
ASPI, it is understood, also seeks to improve health, livelihood and create economic opportunities for women and their families.
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