NIGERIA— The “OneHealth By AXA” is a state-of-the-art hospital in Lagos, that has been officially unveiled to improve affordable and convenient healthcare to Nigerians.

The OneHealth by AXA is a multispeciality, secondary care hospital in Ikeja, Lagos that houses more than 30 specialties and subspecialties that include family medicine, cardiology, obstetrics, paediatrics, general surgery, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, and internal medicine.

AXA Mansard Health indicated it would build three more such facilities in the country soon through its pursuit to improve access to protection and healthcare in Nigeria and Africa.

OneHealth by AXA insists they are on a mission to provide exceptional healthcare solutions in emerging markets and to make healthcare an affordable, trusted, and above all convenient experience that all clients deserve.

Speaking at the official launch of the hospital in Lagos, the Chief executive officer (CEO), of AXA Mansard Africa Health, Khaled El-Shaarany, expressed his immense delight at the launch of OneHealth in Nigeria.

El-Shaarany also announced that it marks the second country in Africa where AXA has introduced its world-class medical centers with a focus on medical excellence and patient convenience.

El-Shaarany said, “OneHealth drives the firm to innovate by introducing an integrated health model where Insurance and medical services synergize to give customers comfortable, yet affordable, access to the most competent doctors and medical staff, with a US$27.48 million investment in Nigeria.”

On his part, the Country Manager and Medical Director of OneHealth in Nigeria, Dr. Misbah Oleolo, added that the goal of OneHealth in Nigeria was to revolutionize the healthcare industry through seamless client experiences across Its physical branches and digital channels.

“You may ask how we intend to do this. We will be rolling out more centers like this characterized by very high quality, affordability, and easy access. It is that fusion of this high-quality hospital and premium hospitality with a pocket-friendly disposition, that I commit,” affirmed Dr Oleolo.

He pointed out that AXA OneHealth Medical Centre is a guaranteed place of safety, as they had carefully curated the size, made it multi-specialty, and fine-tuned our one-stop-shop offering and patients would be able to find the service they required.

Our goal is to set a standard that will not just raise the bar in service delivery, but standards that will accelerate the growth and maturity of our country’s healthcare sector for patients, clients, and practitioners,” asserted Dr. Oleolo.

Also commenting on the significance of the launch, Chief Client Officer, AXA Mansard, Rashidat Adebisi said, “The opening of OneHealth in Nigeria is once again, a testament of AXA’s commitment to Nigeria as an investor and corporate citizen.”

“What we are witnessing here today is another proof that AXA’s commitment to Nigeria is enduring and OneHealth and its mission in Nigeria fit perfectly into our mission of continuous partnership with our customers,” Adebisi added.

Adebisi confirmed that the launch of OneHealth Hospital in Nigeria was to take healthcare and medical care delivery to international standards.

AXA Mansard Health Limited is the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) arm of the AXA Mansard group of companies.

AXA Mansard has deployed state-of-the-art technology to attain operational excellence while contributing to prompt service delivery overcoming challenges being encountered in the Nigerian health insurance industry.

The company is today positioned to provide optimal and effective health risk management solutions and financial services to both individuals and corporate bodies.

Private healthcare sector Nigeria’s Solution to its healthcare crisis 

The International Trade Administration (ITA) reports that the Nigerian healthcare industry is facing challenges associated with outbound medical tourism, deteriorating medical infrastructure, low government budget allocation, poor compensation, and the subsequent emigration of skilled healthcare workers.

Moreso, compounded by the fact that the federal government allocated 5% of its budget to health in 2021, compared to the 15% it pledged as part of the 2001 Abuja Declaration.

ITA adds that healthcare infrastructure in Nigeria is still underdeveloped and few modern medical facilities and the majority of which are in the urban centers.

The World Health Organisation country healthcare indicators for Nigeria are dismal in comparison to countries even in the West Africa region.

Notably, the country has one of the fastest-growing populations globally with 5.5 live births per woman and a population growth rate of 3.2% annually.

In addition, this is estimated to reach 400 million people by 2050, becoming the world’s third most populous country.

However, medical professionals are in short supply, with only about 35,000 doctors despite needing 237,000, according to WHO figures, partially due to the massive migration of healthcare workers overseas.

Nigeria loses at least US$2 billion every year to medical tourism, according to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and India accounts for more than half of this outflow.

Therefore, the private sector is emerging as an indispensable player to improve Nigeria’s healthcare capacities.

The federal and state governments are using the public-private partnership (PPP) model to attract private-sector participation in health projects.

For example, Lagos state is building a 120-150 hospital-bed Medical Park (MediPark) through a PPP to offer a full spectrum of high-tech, cutting-edge specialist medical and diagnostic services.

The project will cost US$247.3 million and will be developed on an 18,750.15 square meter site previously used for the Lagos State School of Nursing.

The Lancet Nigeria Commission reports that even a moderate increase in healthcare investment could save millions of lives over the next decade.

Towards that aim, the Commission calls for the implementation of policies that effectively promote improved access and quality of healthcare.

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