Written by Williams ABAH

WHO approve $178 million to support health sector in Nigeria

The world health organization, WHO, has approved the $178 million in support of Nigeria’s health sector.

The amount covers the WHO budgeted work plan, and activities under the country’s official selected output for 2018 to 2019.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known at the joint approval ceremony of the WHO biennium budget held in Abuja.

At the event, Adewole signed on behalf of the Federal Government, while the WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Wondi Alemu, signed for the organization. Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Adewole appreciated the WHO for her long standing support to the Nigerian health sector, adding that the joint approval initiative was an attestation to the unwavering commitment and support to help strengthen the health system in Nigeria.

Adewole said that about 66% of the approved amount to be committed to polio eradication which was quite significant, noting that the fund will also go a long way in helping the country maintain surveillance on the virus until Nigeria is eventually certified polio free country.

In his word “what is also interesting is that quite a lot of these resources would go into communicable diseases and Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTD, we will also ensure that part of the money is used for Maternal, and child Health”.

Earlier in his opening remark, the WHO Country Representative, Dr. Alemu, explained that $127 million was earmarked for polio eradication, 30 million for communicable diseases such as Malaria, TB and other Neglected Tropical Diseases NTD, noting that 4 million will be used for non-communicable diseases, while 8.5 million will be used for maternal and child health, revitalization of primary health care centre and emergency services would also benefit from the budget.



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