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WHO Budgets $178m To Boost Healthcare In Nigeria



The World Health Organisation WHO), yesterday, presented its 2018/2019 programme budget of $178million for the Nigerian health sector to the federal government.

The document was jointly signed by the minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the WHO country representative, WondiAlemu, at the ministry, in Abuja.

According to Alemu, the main cost in the budget is for polio eradication activities which is $120million, stating that even though there has not been any recent polio issue, the programme has to continue until the country is certified polio free.

He said others are communicable diseases, comprising of malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS, which is taking $30million.

Dr. Adewole listed other areas of attention as child mortality and universal health coverage which he said is another area the government has shown commitment towards the revitalization of primary health care.

In his remarks, Prof. Adewole said the signing ceremony  is an attestation to the continues support the ministry is receiving from the WHO which will help in no small way to strengthen the health system.

According to him, “2/3 per cent of the money is for polio, finishing polio for good. It will help to drive home the point that it is not over until it is over, until we are certified polio free.”

The minister also expressed the ministry’s commitment towards non-communicable diseases while thanking WHO for its continuous support.