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  • Writer's pictureProf Rotimi Jaiyesimi


As the year gradually comes to an end I want to thank all contributors to this page since its inception in 2014. Your contributions have made the readership wiser and I look forward to your continued participation. Invite your friends to the discussion on the Nigerian Health Service page. The vision of the page is to see that every Nigerian receives affordable quality care. We can achieve this by joining forces and acting as the voice of the people. There are too many Nigerians dying needlessly, for want of good medical services.

The year 2015 witnessed tremendous change in the Health sector. Nigeria is polio free, the containment of Ebola, the Ondo State government achieved the MDG 5 and there is a new team (Professor Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health and Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister for Health and Dr Lanre Tejuoso, Senate Chairman Committee on Health) at the helm of affairs. The House of Representative Chairpersons are Chike Okafor (Healthcare Services) and Betty Apiafi (Health Institutions), This page wishes them success and will support them in their quest to achieve good governance and to establish a well-developed quality primary healthcare system (as well as the secondary and tertiary levels).

There has been silence from my colleagues in the healthcare profession to the discussions on this page. Perhaps the page has not been brought to their attention or reached out to them. We will work on this in the New Year as the views of patients, public and service providers are essential in achieving quality healthcare. This is the collective responsibility we owe the patients. I also look forward to your contributions on health matters.

While wishing you all a joyous, blessed and healthy 2016, I leave you with the following quotes:

If compassion is so good for us, why don’t we train our health care providers in compassion so that they can do what they’re supposed to do, which is to transform suffering? (Joan Halifax)

And I believe that the best buy in public health today must be a combination of regular physical exercise and a healthy diet (Julie Bishop)

A tremendous amount of needless pain and suffering can be eliminated by ensuring that health insurance is universally available (Daniel Akaka)

Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women (Michelle Obama)

No Nigerian should die needlessly. Every Nigerian life is priceless (Rotimi Jaiyesimi)

As we step into the New Year may God grant each one of us good health throughout the year and beyond. Happy New Year.

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