The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched a checklist for assessing the progress, performance, and quality of healthcare services provided in its Federal Tertiary Health Institutions (FTHIs).
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, launched the event in Abuja. He said the checklist will allow all persons to have access to safe and quality surgical care with financial ease when needed.
Quoting the minister:
“We will also use the document as a basis for budget preparation. This is because if you want them to have all their needs, you must make provisions for them.”
“It is a change to the tertiary institution’s healthcare system. And this is all we have been waiting for”
Adewole added that all the federal tertiary health institutions should, therefore, put in place a quality improvement plan with a strategic anchor on the elements of clinical governance and with emphasis on the three aspects of continuous improvements which are structure, process, and patient outcome.
According to the professor, this improvement will no doubt provide a system that will improve healthcare indices, reduce medical tourism, provide more employment, reduce poverty and result in the economic growth of Nigeria.
In addition, the minister also launched the National Surgical Obstetrics, Anaesthesia and Nursing Plan (NSOANP); a strategic priority for surgical care produced in line with National Strategic Health Development Plan 11.