Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwoolu has affirmed the readiness of government to involve more private partners willing to invest in modern Technology to improve healthcare delivery.
Sanwoolu spoke at the opening of the 2-day- Medic West Africa Exhibition and Conference holding at Eko Convention Centre, Lagos.
The Governor who declared the 8th West Africa Medical Exhibition open, went round the stands and noted that modern Technology is indeed important and needed to improve healthcare outcomes of citizens.
Sanwoolu commended both the local and international exhibitors at the Conference and noted that public private partnership initiative (PPPI) is indeed the best way to go especially in the employment of innovative technology to boost healthcare delivery.
With the theme: “Transforming the healthcare sector in Nigeria”, Sanwoolu pointed out, “By interacting with the various exhibitors and asking very useful and salient questions around the efficiency of the machineries and products on display, our government is encouraging partnership with the private sector to grow healthcare delivery.
“We have interest in such partnerships, as they bring about solutions for and in the healthcare sector. I must also add that technology is moving, and technology in medicine is the future. I am excited that Medic West Africa is in Lagos again. This is where the market is. This is where the conversations are being had. It may take us time, but we are moving”, said Sanwoolu.
Also speaking at the occasion, Exhibition Director, Ryan Sanderson, said, “Medic West Africa not only brings together some of the latest solutions in healthcare but serves as a unique platform for all stakeholders to engage and establish important dialogues on how to take healthcare in Africa to the next level”.
He described the 2019 edition as one specifically targeted towards transforming the healthcare sector in the region and ultimately with the goal to impact as many lives as possible by providing access to some of these solutions that will optimize operational efficiency in healthcare.
According to Sanderson, “I am very optimistic that Medic West Africa will yield fruitful discourse and create a channel of communication that will explore the connections between the opportunities and challenges of healthcare development in Nigeria.
He added that Medic West Africa is pleased to contribute by providing a strategic platform with expertise, as this is our own way of enriching West Africa with maximum knowledge.
Some of the dignitaries who are gracing the Conference include: Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Deputy Minister of Health, Ghana Dr. Alex Kodwo Kom Abban, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Prof. Akinola Abayomi, Chief Medical Director Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH), Professor Adetokunbo Fabamwo among other high profile speakers.
Medic West Africa is supported by numerous trade associations as well as government agencies such as the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health, Healthcare Federation of Nigeria and the Society for Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria.