Mainstreaming the private health sector in the response to COVID-19: Facility readiness assessment for screening services in Edo state, Nigeria

Darlington Ewaen Obaseki, Obehi Akoria, Esohe Olivia Ogboghodo, Otaniyenuwa Eloghosa Obarisiagbon, Ndubuisi Mokogwu, Orezimena Temitope Omo-Ikirodah, Funmilola Adio, Gregrey Agbonvihele Oko-Oboh, Sylvanus Okogbenin, Ekaete Tobin, Patrick Okundia, Osamwonyi Irowa, Uzor Okonmah

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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for the Nigerian health system to harness the potentials available in the private sector to augment the capacity within the public health system. This survey was carried out to assess private facility readiness in providing screening services in Edo State. Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study carried out among private facilities in Edo state. Facilities were selected using stratified sampling technique. Data was collected using adapted questionnaires and an observational checklist. Facility readiness was assessed using the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recommendations for screening. Parameters were scored and overall scores were converted to proportions. Facilities that scored 70% and above were adjudged to be ready while facilities that scored 69% and below were adjudged to be not ready. Results: A total of 252 health facilities were assessed, comprising 149 (59.1%) hospitals/clinics, 62 (24.6%) pharmacies and 41 (16.3%) laboratories. One hundred and forty-two (95.3%), 60 (96.8%) and 41 (100.0%) hospitals/clinics, pharmacies and laboratories, respectively had hand hygiene facilities. However, overall facility readiness assessment scores for screening services were low with only 51 (34.2%) hospitals/clinics, 2 (3.2%) pharmacies and 2 (4.9%) laboratories achieving high enough scores to be adjudged ready for screening services. Conclusion: Overall facility readiness of the private health sector to provide screening services in Edo State was assessed to be low. The government and facility owners will need to ensure that screening services are improved in all facilities to help mitigate community spread of COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Article number93
Number of pages6
JournalPan African Medical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • COVID-19
  • Private health facilities
  • Screening

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  • General Medicine


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