FG and Sokoto Government’s Collaboration As Model In Healthcare Financing, By Imam Imam
A few days ago, the federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Health, announced a collaborative effort with the Sokoto State government that will see to the deployment of overstaffed workers of the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) to state-owned hospitals so as to expand access to quality healthcare delivery to the generality of the citizenry.
UDUTH is a tertiary health facility owned by the federal government and located in Sokoto. Established in 1989, the hospital has more than 100 consultants, 400 resident doctors, 1000 nurses and other health professionals. The combined strength of workers at the teaching hospital is almost double the number obtained in primary and secondary health facilities owned by the state government.
So in order to fully utilise the expertise of the workers, the Sokoto state government proposed a working arrangement where the workers would be deployed to state hospitals and primary healthcare centres for a fee, while at the same time, they continue their primary assignment with the teaching hospital.
The arrangement is more like a fusion of the two health systems and has ten thematic areas which include medical services, seminar/clinical presentations, ward rounds and theatre services. Others include residency training, employment of consultants, outreach services, accident and emergency response, centralised ambulance service and deployment of nurses. The rest are rural posting of resident doctors and consultants, integrated referral system and establishment of state-owned medical school and teaching hospital.