The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has advised hospitals to seek alternative sources of funding to ensure quality health service delivery.
He gave the advice at the weekend while inspecting facilities at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Health Correspondent Joseph Kadiri reports the Minister as saying additional resources from partnership with the private sector and others would help in service delivery.
He also enjoined hospitals to spend their resources wisely as government alone might not provide all the needed resources given other competing needs.
The minister said the country was still threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic and was mindful that countries it had high volume of travel and business with were experiencing the second wave of the pandemic.
Ehanire urged the hospital to put laboratory staff on alert in case of increasing cases of COVID-19.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. J Momoh, said many doctors continued to exit Nigeria for greener pastures in droves.
He called for a process that ensured speedy replacement of exiting staff, saying those at the oncology unit in the hospital were overworked.