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Community Health Practitioners Lament Poor Budgetary Allocation

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#Says 3.9% Unacceptable

By Patience Ivie Ihejirika, Abuja

The National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN) has expressed concern over what it describes as declining budgetary allocation to the health sector, saying that the 3.9per cent share of total budget proposed for the sector is not in fulfilment of the Abuja Declaration.

President of the Association, Comrade Akor Okechukwu, who stated this at a press briefing tagged: the 2018 Budget Proposal and the Health Sector: Consolidation or Consolation, held in Abuja said the allocation is not good enough for the health of Nigerians.

Recall that Nigeria, in 2001, signed a document here in Abuja, called the Abuja Declaration together with other African leaders, which promised to allocate not less than 15per cent of total budget to health.

He expressed dismay that while the overall national budget of the country has grown by 92per cent from N4.40 trillion in 2015 to N8.61 trillion in 2018, the same cannot be said of the health budget.

According to him, the health budget has only grown by a small -14per cent, stressing that the growth of the country reflected in the growth of the national budget has unfortunately not yet been fully felt in the health sector.

“The 2018 health budget as a proportion of a total national budget is only 3.9per cent. This is the lowest share of national budget allocated to health sector in recent times,” he explained.

He therefore called for improved and adequate funding for the nation’s health sector and to ensure that the Nigeria government honours its policy commitments to the health sector in general and child and family health in particular.



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