Funding health in Nigeria

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

An interesting article about health spending in the Nigerian context.

“Recently, it was reported that Nigeria earmarks 3.5 per cent of its national budget to the health sector”.

This is just inefficient use of resources. It makes no sense in a country with a population of 150 million people to only allocate 3.5% of the budget to health, while 25% of the recurrent expenditure goes to something like funding the National Assembly. Even more interesting is the disparity between the per capita expenditure numbers the Ministry of health quotes and the one reported by independent reviewers.

Human development is the surest way of ensuring economic growth and good health outcome is the bedrock of that. I hope something will change in the nearest future.

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