COVID-19 PANDEMIC CRISIS AND THE CHALLENGES OF HEALTH SECTOR IN NIGERIA

Olubukola Oluwatosin Olubena, Christian Uchenna Ugwuda

Abstract


This study examined Covid-19 pandemic crisis and the challenges of health sector in Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was used. Using simple random sampling technique, a total of 80 health workers comprised medical doctors, laboratory scientists, pharmacists and nurses participated in the questionnaire administration. The researcher developed Questionnaire tagged: Challenges of Health Sector Questionnaire (CHSQ) with reliability coefficient 0.89 was used for data collection. Descriptive statistics of mean and pie-chart were used for analyzing and presenting research questions 1 and 2. Research question 3 was analyzed using regression analysis. The findings revealed that poor health infrastructure, insufficient financial investment, inadequate sufficient health personnel, meager remuneration for health workers, poor leadership and management, shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), inadequate personnel, under-equipped of laboratory and reduction in supply chain drugs were among the challenges facing health sector and its workforces in managing Covid-19 pandemic crisis. It was also found out that occupational safety of health sector workers is at risk during this pandemic period. Based on the findings, the study recommends among other things that Government at all levels in Nigeria need to increase the percentage of resources for the health in their annual budget, there is need for sincerity of purpose on the part of government for better welfare packages in terms of wages and salaries and others fringe benefits for front health workers curtaining the spread of Covid-19 in the country. 

Keywords


Covid-19 Pandemic, Health Sector, Health Workers, Occupational Risk, Nigeria.

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