The Edo state government received federal government’s $1.5 million “Save a Million lives” intervention fund to the state.
Governor Godwin Obaseki the commended the federal government for releasing the money when he hosted the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at Government House in Benin on Saturday.
He said the fund, geared toward improving maternal and child health, would be judiciously used in the state.
The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has assured donors of improved transparency and accountability in delivering primary healthcare services in Nigeria.
The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
The NPHCDA boss said he has been working to reposition the agency to imbibe the culture of transparency, accountability, performance management and value for money.
The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Union (EU) on 70 million Euro support to Revamp Nigeria’s health sector.
According to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, the fund will be used to strengthen the nation’s already weak health system and eradicate polio.
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria, Michel Arrion emphasised the need to concentrate on reducing the nation’s burden of maternal child mortality.
The Senate Committee on health has said for many years running, Nigeria’s Health sector has suffered gross neglect. Consequent upon this, legislators are pushing for an upward review of the budgetary allocation in the 2017 appropriation Bill currently before the National Assembly.
In a statement by the media office of the Nigerian Legislative Institute ( NILS), the lawmakers say, they are bothered by the country’s health indices, resulting from years of negligence; and particularly, the huge foreign exchange outflows for medical tourism.
The Senate on Tuesday said that the expenditure of over $1 billion (about N305.250 billion) annually for medical treatment abroad was unacceptable.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, who stated this at a press conference in Abuja said that the Senate was working assiduously to turn the country’s health sector around for the benefit of Nigerian.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho, has decried budgetary allocation to health sector, saying it was disproportionate in comparison to its mandate.
He said that the ministry’s allocation had continued to “show no break in gloomy pattern over the years”.
Mr. Tejuosho stated this on Wednesday at a news briefing in Abuja and said that “in the 2017 Capital Budget of N2.24 trillion, the health sector was allocated N51 billion (representing 2.78per cent).”
Nigeria has inaugurated the technical and steering committees to drive the process of improving quality healthcare for mothers, newborn and children.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, inaugurated the steering and technical committees in Abuja.
The inauguration of the committees was in direct response for the admission of Nigeria into the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) network on quality healthcare for mothers, newborns and children.
Unless the proposed 2017 health budget is amended, millions of Nigerian children will end up dead this year from severe malnutrition and vaccine preventable diseases, experts have proclaimed.
This is despite president Buhari’s avowed promise that his government will ensure the provision of adequate healthcare delivery to Nigerians.