Poor Transparency and Accountability Affecting Nigerian Health Sector 2017 Clinical Risk & Governance Summit, Lagos

The third (3rd) edition of the Clinical Risk & Governance summit 2017 ,  hosted by Conrad Clark Nigeria was held at the prestigious Landmark Towers in Victoria Island Lagos, tagged “Clinical Emergencies in Nigeria “. The theme of the summit addresses the “pandemic” negligence in management of accident victims, disease outbreak, poor response to general clinical emergencies by government, medical practitioners and regulatory bodies with dated policies and poor governance. As a result of the barratry, multiple of thousand deaths have been recorded over the last decade.

The summit was attended by professionals across board from the medical sector, regulatory bodies, Insurance companies, health and safety and government. Delivered by a group of the most qualified professionals in the sector:


  • The Former Governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko delivered an exceptional paper on challenges of healthcare management in Nigeria. His argument supported by facts and referenced data was hinged on poor finance management and lack of accountability in governance. According to him, the antidote to the challenges include having “political will for health at the highest level of government and legislation” improved funding (targeting 15% for health in the budget), implementation of the national health act, strengthening of the NCDC and Improvement of stakeholders engagement”.
  • A research paper was presented by Mr Olaolu Omifare, head of health & life operations at Continental Reinsurance Plc on “Use of HMOs and insurance products in funding healthcare in Nigeria”. The research which was conducted in Lagos state showed that 71% of the 5000 respondents have heard about health insurance but over 52% do not have any health insurance subscription. Hence, the need for more health insurance coverage by HMOs and the need for government to make the scheme mandatory, improving regulation and exploring alternative funding, he opined
  • Mr Joachim Adenusi, the Host of the CRGS Summit (a.K.a – Oga Risk) and CEO of Conrad Clark Nigeria closed the summit emphasizing on poor governance structure in the health sector. He called the attention of the delegates to the result of a governance research conducted by Conrad Clark for the health sector showing only 4.86% of the hospitals in Lagos have governance structure and 3.54% with risk management structure. Oga Risk called on all health stakeholders to play their roles effectively, manage uncertainties and increase productivity across board. He also used the opportunity to thank partners, sponsors, speakers and delegates for attending the summit and promised the edition holding October, 2018 would be more engaging.
  • The Registrar, Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria-Dr Sanusi TAB in his paper, delivered by the assistant registrar (Professional Discipline) MDCN & Chairman NMA Committee on MDCN/Regulatory Bodies Dr Abdu Enejo spoke on the role of the council as a regulatory body for health practitioners in ensuring proper conduct of professional practice. While his colleague, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu CEO/ National Coordinator, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) represented by John Oladejo, Director-Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Department described the role of NCDC and other stakeholders (NEMA, FRSC, NPF, NFF) in Emergency response in Nigeria.
  • He also shared some of the success stories of NCDC in tackling some outbreaks like Ebola, Lassa fever, cereboral meningitis and other disease outbreak in Nigeria. He however called for the finalization of the legislative approval of NCDC, a fast track of the legislation, regulatory and policy frameworks to support International Health Regulation (IHR) implementation at the Federal, State, and Local Government level.
  • Other parts of his address was on solving other healthcare management challenges in Nigeria with emphasis on the implementation of “the One health approach”- the need to establish a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary coordination mechanism (political and technical) at FG, State and LGA level.
  • Dr Mamsallah Omisore, a seasoned family physician with a bias for medical education and health policy. She delivered an unprecedented topic on Risk of self-medication and patient safety with using the internet.
  • Jeanine Bowen, Managing Director of EuraCare a South African, resident in Nigeria for over sixteen years with in-depth knowledge of the sector, spoke on Pre-hospital emergency care as a strategy for minimizing death in Nigeria, she called on the government to put proper structure in place for toll-free emergency call center across the entire country as well as provide adequate resources for all agencies involved in emergency management in Nigeria. Engr. Martin Agbili (aka Agility) spoke on the role of fire fighters in emergency management; in his address, he gave a few tips on safety measure as it relates to fire emergencies.

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