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FEC approves N6.07 Trillion for National Health Plan II
What’s the story?
Disclosing this information to State House correspondents in Abuja, the minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole stated that,
“The entire projects meant for over five years will cost us over N6.071 trillion and we believe that if this funding is done if the plans are implemented faithfully, we will achieve a 31 per cent reduction in maternal mortality. We will achieve 33 per cent reduction in horizontal mortality and we will achieve under five per cent mortality reduction of 29 per cent,” and also added, “We are quite confident that this plan will usher Nigeria into a new era and Council in its wisdom, approved this plan for implementation.”
Professor Adewole also revealed that 38.2 per cent of the sum was earmarked for human resources for a period of five years, and added that 34 per cent was earmarked for medical supplies while seven per cent was allocated for infrastructural development.
Does it affect me?
Nigeria’s health sector has been in full crisis mode for a long time. Several strikes by health workers have rocked this year alone. And Professor Adewole recalled a previous attempt to come up with a plan between 2010 and 2015, saying it only achieved only 2 of 52 targets.
It’s yet to be seen how this plan will be achieved with the current political climate in Nigeria. But the plan which took two years to draft will operate as 5 pillars which include:
- Enabling environment for our attainment of health sector good,
- increased utilisation of
essentialpackage of healthcareservices,
- strengthening our health system,
- protection from health emergencies, and
- health financing.
The vice-president and some ministers were in attendance at the meeting.
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