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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 143-149

Public–private partnerships in Nigerian teaching hospitals: Potential and challenges

1 Department of Radiology, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
2 Department of Radiology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
3 Department of Radiology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
4 Department of Radiology, Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Ogun State, Nigeria
5 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

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Dr. Faosat Olayiwola Jinadu
Department of Radiology, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, 1-5, Oba Akinjobi Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos
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DOI: 10.4103/wajr.wajr_28_19

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Background: Public–private partnership (PPP) has become a popular model used by public sector organizations that are usually under-funded by their respective governments to render services in fulfillment of their egalitarian responsibilities and goals. Lately, the health sector has been a recipient of such initiatives and the trend is growing. However, the successful delivery of services to patients is sometimes hampered because of difficulties encountered in both the development and interpretation of clauses contained in agreements including Memoranda of Understanding between the parties. The anticipated outcomes and impact often remain elusive due to the tensions encountered during implementation. Aim and Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the current operational status as well as explore potential benefits and challenges of the use of the PPP model in radiology departments of selected teaching hospitals within three South-Western States of Nigeria (Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo). It is hoped that the study findings would provide useful data needed for improvement of the PPP model as it is being currently practiced. Materials and Methods: This was a qualitative study in which 138 closed- and open-ended questionnaires were administered to all cadres of staff in radiology departments of the selected hospitals teaching hospitals within three South-Western States of Nigeria (Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo). Results: There was a 100% response from the participants. The age range of the participants was 25–65 years. Study findings showed that almost all radiological equipment can be acquired through PPP. There was improved service delivery and residency training with PPP. Jurisdictional conflict was the greatest challenge. Conclusion: PPP is a viable option that should be encouraged by government for the purchase of equipment in hospitals.

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