Investing in Community Infrastructure
Vitalis will work to deliver innovative primary health care facilities that will ensure quality healthcare to the people, regardless of economic background or social status. He will partner with other government agencies, to ensure the provision of adequate infrastructure within the constituency.
Vitalis believes that all citizens of Nigeria are entitled to free and affordable healthcare because healthcare is a right and not a privilege. He will lead and advocate for a National Healthcare Initiative that will provide or pay for preventive services, including screening, immunization, and vaccination programs; inpatient and outpatient hospital care; physician services; inpatient and outpatient drugs; clinically necessary dental care; eye care; mental health care, including care for those with physical and learning disabilities; palliative care; some long-term care; rehabilitation, including physiotherapy (e.g., after-stroke care); and home visits by community-based nurses.
Nigeria must move away from depending on large hospital structure for primary care, and move to advance communities’ primary care distributed model that is delivered mainly through general practitioners (GPs), who act as gatekeepers for large hospitals that provide secondary care. For instance, in 2015, the United Kingdom had 34,592 general practitioners. This system will require the country to build or provide funding support to expand the reach of General Practices in all parts of the country, including rural areas. General Practices will be patients’ first point of contact, and people will be required to register with a local practice of their choice.
Some of these GPs will be private contractors, and operate under a national General Medical Services contracts, negotiated between a Medical Association (representing doctors) and government. The government will provide payment using a mixture of capitation to cover essential services and optional fee-for-service payments for additional services, and an optional performance-related scheme.
Travelling to and from work or school does not have amount to tackling an obstacle course. Vitalis is committed to working with the federal and state government to ensure that communities in Jos North and Bassa have access to good quality roads. It is the responsibility of government to ensure that every citizen travel on safe, quality roads that reduce passenger travel times, vehicle operating costs, and traffic related fatalities. Good, quality road also have the potential to enhance economic development by attracting new businesses and engage our youth by providing employment to those in the construction fields.
Electricity – Power for All
Electricity is a human right, and every Nigerian deserve readily, available, and constant electrical power supply. The Nigeria Power Sector is in a state of emergency. The lack adequate and constant electricity supply negatively impacts Nigeria’ economy, creates security hazards, and unnecessarily puts the health of our citizens at risk. It is time to treat the Nigeria Power Sector as a priority and give it the urgent attention it needs.
To effectively address our power issue, we must adopt best practices from across the world to ensure constant electricity generation, transmission, and distribution to all industrial, commercial, public and residential end users. This best practice must include a combination of Private License Companies such as the Telecommunication License process, Public Utility Commission which will be a governing body that regulates the rates and services of a public utility, a Public Utilities Coalition which will operate electricity companies owned and operated by a local government or state under the oversight of one or more commissioners.