Coali­tion writes Buhari on in­crease in 2018 bud­get for health

Financial Nigeria Magazine - - Development -

In an open let­ter to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari last month, a coali­tion of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions, non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and the me­dia ad­vo­cated an in­crease in al­lo­ca­tion to health­care in the 2018 bud­get. The group, Nige­rian Health Sec­tor Re­form Coali­tion (HSRC), com­pris­ing Nige­ria Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Nige­ria among tens oth­ers, wants bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to the health sec­tor to reach 7.5% of to­tal na­tional bud­get.

If im­ple­mented, this ad­vo­cacy will take the fed­eral bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion for health in Nige­ria to mid-way of the Abuja Dec­la­ra­tion by African Heads of States that com­mit­ted 15% of the an­nual coun­try bud­get for health.

The to­tal amount al­lo­cated to the health sec­tor in the 2017 bud­get was N380 bil­lion. This con­sti­tutes 5.1% of the na­tional bud­get of N7.44 tril­lion.

The group said health­care was the foun­da­tion of na­tional se­cu­rity, eco­nomic growth and re­cov­ery plan. The open let­ter came one week after Pres­i­dent Buhari re­sumed work from home, on his re­turn from the UK where he spent 103 days in the lat­est round of seek­ing med­i­cal treat­ment abroad.

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