11 April 2016
According to the Proposed Appropriation Bill, health has been allocated 221.7 billion Naira.
Considering everything Nigeria would have to deal with in terms of health, a Non-Governmental Organization: Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, has urged the Federal Government to increase budgetary allocation to the health sector.
This was said at a Press Conference to commemorate the 2016 World Health Day in Abuja by the Executive Director, Auwal Musa Ibrahim.
He said that there was need to improve funding of the sector in the country in order to improve the living standard of vulnerable Nigerians who need much attention from the government. Vulnerable Nigerians include: the aged, children and pregnant women.
“Nigeria as the most populous country on the continent has in recent times been faced with numerous public health concerns of which diabetes is just one. Nigeria’s recent experience with Lassa fever across parts of the country as well as the outbreak of Ebola in 2014 has proven that as a country, Nigeria is not immune from such severe and in some instances chronic diseases which occur in our national health life.
“The nation is still made to battle with grave consequences and loss of valuable lives that are being recorded daily from illness such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and AIDS just as the most dreaded cancer is a nightmare to all” he added.
He stated that Nigeria spent about 800 million dollars on foreign medical cases yearly, and added that the money ought to be spent on improving the health sector and its services.