BrandArena: LUTH, Pathcare, Others Win PPP In Health Awards

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

LUTH, Pathcare, Others Win PPP In Health Awards

When the two-day 2014 Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Health in Nigeria Conference opened in Abuja recently, it did not only create a platform for discussions around the huge benefits of PPP but also created an opportunity for existing ones to be assessed and rewarded. The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), PathCare Laboratories, Primus International and Garki Hospital were among those recognized and awarded for their participation in PPPs in Health.

Again, when global leaders and policy makers convened for the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, one of their focus areas was indeed healthcare delivery, its challenges in developing countries and how to develop good quality and sustainable health systems on the continent of Africa. This is in tandem with the agenda of the the 2014 PPPs in Health Conference where the importance of PPPs in quality healthcare delivery was accentuated and assessed.

Mr. Emmanuel Abolo of the PPPs in Health Nigeria, reiterated that the objective of the award is to recognize Organisations who have played strategic roles in upgrading healthcare infrastructure and services through PPP arrangement, adding that nominations for the awards were based purely on a team of independent assessors. The organizers recognize that to build sustainable healthcare system and infrastructure in the face of growing challenge, Nigeria must embrace informed PPPs as a means of easing the strain on government budget.

Tagged "Connecting the dots: Policy, Practice and Profitability.", it is hoped that the conference would engender greater traction for the practice of PPPs in the health sector of the Nigerian economy. PPP in healthcare targets to provide  increased accessibility and availability of services to the general public; increased quality and quantity of manpower available for the enormous health challenged faced by Nigerian; and improved primary healthcare services which in turn engenders improve quality of life for the larger society.

Most developing countries of the world like Nigeria are creating and reviewing models and frameworks that are suitable for PPPs to thrive, having realized the possible benefits to both government and citizens. PPPs is an acceptable global practice that creates the platform for government to collaborate with private practice with the goal to give access to quality healthcare to its citizens.

The ‘Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Health in Nigeria Conference and Awards 2014' held in Abuja, Nigeria, recently. Photos shows a lineup of some of the awardees holding their plaques at the event. (L-R) Mr. Balu. Abdallah of General Electronics (GE); Mrs. Clare Omatseye, Managing Director of JNC International; Dr. Omobola Oluwu, mni, Head of PPP Diaspora, Federal Ministry of Health, representing the Minister of Health; and Dr. Tolulope Adewole, Consultant Chemical Pathologist for PathCare Laboratories.

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