#PHC4UHC: Despite poor renumeration, society expect the best from health workers – Commissioner

By Philip Shimnom Clement in Lagos

The Lagos state Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris has advocated for better funding for Nigerian health workers because of the the expectation society has placed on them.
According to him, “Health care workers earn less but are expected to do more with regards to health care delivery”.
Idris said this while delivering a paper titled ” Lagos State Model of Funding Health Care delivery ” to participants of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru as well as the officials of the development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said, “We need to renovate the renumeration package of health workers in Nigeria, because it is the only way it can reduce brain drain and the massive exodus of doctors out of the country.
“Many of our health personnel leave the country because of two reasons; the first is lack of conducive atmosphere to practice and second is the poor pay,” he added.
The commissioner added that donor funding also contribute a major percentage in health care funding.
He however, lamented the low rate of donor funding to Lagos state by donor organizations.
He said “Unfortunately some donor organizations don’t give Lagos funding because they think we are rich. But if you look at our population of over 24million people, you will realize that we need that funding to complement what government releases for health care services,” he added.
The local study tour by NIPPS Senior Execute Course (SEC) 41 is conducted in collaboration with the development Research and Project Centre (dRPC).