The President, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, has said that it is high time that health professionals sheathed their swords to move the sector forward.
He warned that failure to do so could worsen the performance of the sector.
The former Minister of Health with other stakeholders, who spoke at a symposium tagged, ‘Interprofessional Collaboration in the Healthcare Industry,’ noted that synergy among health professionals would ensure that the sector attains its potential.
Adelusi-Adeluyi stated that the animosity among health professionals was not unfounded as developments over the years have pitted the different groups against one another.
He said such negative perceptions had fed fat on anger and divisive statements made by the various cadres of professionals, to the detriment of Nigerians who ought to benefit from a functional health care industry.
Adelusi-Adeluyi said, “Some of the brightest minds in this country are in the health sector. Yet, in the last few years, the efficiency and effectiveness of public health delivery has suffered steady decline and this is partly because of the unhealthy rivalry among the practitioners.
“From a historical standpoint, all ministers have had to deal with distractions from the lack of cooperation among health workers. It is time to disappoint those who have profited from the disharmony.
“Unless we all come together and negotiate with humility and with a sense of accommodation, the distractions will continue. It is my belief that this landmark occasion will not be in vain.”
A former Minister of Health, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, in his keynote address, described rivalry and bickering among the professionals as a beauty contest that has led to loss of lives and waste of resources in the sector.
Lambo said, “While demand for health care services is increasing, the resources to meet this is limited. Inter-professional collaboration is a viable solution to this challenge. Now is the time to address the weak health systems by providing services promptly.”
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