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Less than five percent of the N13.5 trillion combined budgets of the federal and state governments will be spent on public health this year.
This is despite the poor infrastructure in the sector and the avowal by the government to discourage medical tourism, Daily Trust investigations have shown.
Official data analysed by Daily Trust shows that the two tiers of governments have budgeted a total of N591.8 billion for health, representing 4.3 percent of their total spending this year.
The Duterte administration's 10-point socio-economic agenda includes, among others, the strengthening of the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RPRH) to enable poor couples to make informed choices on financial and family planning.
The EO orders the DSWD to integrate the RPRH strategies in the national poverty reduction and social protection programs.
A girl who goes to school and stays in school till about 18, according to Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “is a better mother than a girl who has a child at 10.”
Osotimehin, a former Health Minister in Nigeria, spoke last week when he took his public enlightenment campaign against child marriage to Kano “so that the age for marriage is shifted at least to 18.”
The Delta Ministry of Health has generated N319 million as revenue between May 2015 and October 2016.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Asaba while fielding questions on the ministry’s activities in the last 18 months.
Azinge said the amount represented the sum total of revenue collected by the Ministry and the Hospital Management Board (HMB) during the period.
The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Millennium Development Goal Fund is set to reach 36 per cent access to family planning contraceptives in 2018.
The Reproductive Health Division headed by Dr Kayode Afolabi, made the disclosure on Tuesday during a Family Planning Watch final dissemination event in Abuja.
Ear piercing is the process of making a hole on earlobes to enable the wearing of earrings, to differentiate girls from boys, and for cultural reasons among others. In most cases, this exercise is carried out at infancy because of the belief that it is slightly painful at such age. In this interview with GERALDINE AKUTU, Dr. Gbemisola Boyede, a consultant neuro-developmental paediatrician, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), sheds light on ear piercing in babies, and precautions to take after the procedure.
Residents have rated Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i very low in the implementation of Kaduna State 2016 budget, the News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] reports.
The residents, in separate interviews said the budget did not create the desired impact, particularly on the common man.
They particularly said that insecurity, lack of access to agricultural inputs by farmers and poor health services have continued to impact negatively on the lives of the people.