By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika, Zaria, Professor Hamidu Ahmed Umdagas has said corruption has a negative impact on the quality of health system, resulting in a higher mortality and morbidity particularly for the most vulnerable groups of the population..
He stated this at a one-day sensitization workshop organized by the Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the hospital in its efforts to entrench corruption free and transparent hospital working environment.
Represented by Professor Ahmad Bello, Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, ABUTH, Shika, he said that corruption also slows progress towards achieving universal health coverage in Nigeria and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for sustainable development with a focus on healthy lives and wellness for all.
Professor Umdagas added that corruption impedes people’s access to safe and effective medicines and quality health services in the country.
According to the CMD, anti – corruption campaign strategy complements the right to health, a principle enshrined in national and international laws through the universal declaration of Human Rights and WHO health policies.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner, ICPC Kaduna, Shehu Yahaya said the essence of the workshop is to familiarize members in the health sector on how to become more transparent and accountability.
He also said, the workshop will remind them on the existence of the laws guiding their profession.
According to him, Nigeria has the highest rate of infant mortality rate in the world because of mismanagement and corruption in the health sector.
“What is most important is to stop the unwanted or prevent the menace in the health sector more than to prosecute the offenders”.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman, Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) ABUTH Pharmacist (Dr) Abdulrazaq Ayuba said the workshop is aimed at ensuring healthcare delivery in the hospital will be equitable to all patients without any form of corruption.
He said the workshop will improve attitudinal aspect of the whole workers to know how to receive and relate with patients.
Dr. Abdulrazaq added that, the workshop target hospital stakeholders, management, Medical and non Medical staff on improved health care delivery system to the patient so that they can enjoy the services they have paid for.
He commended the hospital management for giving them all the necessary support towards recording a huge success in the unit and in the organising the workshop.