Coronavirus: Develop Nigeria’s health sector, Wale-Oke charges FG

The national deputy president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke, has enjoined the Federal and State governments in Nigeria to explore the window of opportunity offered by the coronavirus pandemic to develop the nation’s health sector and other decaying infrastructure.

He also noted that if leaders and other stakeholders deploy as much energy and zeal into the business of governance as currently being done to the fight COVID-19, the nation would be a better place.

The renowned cleric who is also the presiding Bishop of the Sword of Spirit Ministries, Ibadan, stated these on Sunday in a release, issued by his media office.

“Indeed, in Nigeria, God has been so good to us. This is because as deadly as the coronavirus disease is, our country has not recorded a high rate of deaths. Even developed countries with better facilities are recording heavy casualties on a daily basis,” he said.

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He noted that one of the lessons Nigeria should learn from the fallout of the pandemic is that government at all levels should ensure the rejuvenation and development of infrastructure, particularly the health sector.

This, he said, would enable the citizens to have access to better medicare and at the same time reduce capital flight often associated with some wealthy Nigerians who frequent overseas countries for medical reasons.

“God has really blessed us with human and material resources capable of turning Nigeria to a dreamland of a sort but unfortunately, we have continued to move in a cycle due to bad leadership,” Bishop Wale Oke said.

While commiserating with President Muhammadu Buhari and the government of Nigeria on the death of the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, who died on account of coronavirus, he pointed out that the best way to immortalise the deceased is for the government to put the country’s health sector in proper shape for the betterment of the populace.

“Alhaji Abba Kyari’s loss is indeed painful. However, his death as a result of the disease should be a wake-up call for all those concerned, to do the needful by ensuring that our health care system is rejuvenated while other sectors do not suffer neglect,” he added.

 

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