Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has lamented about the state of the country’s healthcare system, saying he never knew it was in a bad state until the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-10, stated this at a meeting with the leadership of the national assembly on Thursday.
“I can tell you for sure, I never knew that our entire healthcare infrastructure was in the state in which it is. Until I was appointed to do this work,” he said.
According to Mustapha, the COVID-19 outbreak has necessitated the need to examine the country’s healthcare system which, he admitted, is in dire need of reforms and funding.
He stated that the task force has proposed to utilise the resources being mobilised in a “strategic manner.”
This, according to him, includes the direct development and delivery of critical infrastructure to states by donors; direct procurement and delivery of personal protective equipment and other critical equipment by donors; deployment of rapid response teams to states for capacity building and support; and expansion of the testing capacity in the country.
The SGF also added that for transparency and accountability, the task force will not be directly involved in the collection and disbursement of the cash donations for COVID-19.