NMA decries 3.6% budgetary allocation to health

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) says the 3.56 per cent budgetary allocation to the health sector in the 2016 budget was detrimental to achieving universal health coverage.

President of the association, Kayode Obembe, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

He described the allocation as low and unacceptable to improved healthcare delivery in the country.

Obembe said the 2001 declaration by Heads of states of African Union of dedicating 15 per cent of annual budget to the health sector would avail the populace universal health coverage.

The chairman therefore described the 3.56 per cent allocation as a far cry from the commitment entered; adding that it was detrimental toward assured healthcare needs of the general public.

The president noted that failure to dedicate 15 per cent of the entire budget to health would deter the achievement of universal health coverage.

Obembe advised the Federal Government to give priority attention toward capturing 15 per cent of health in the nation’s annual budget.

This story first appear in TV 360.

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Dr. Victoria Adepoju is a graduate of the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She also holds a diploma in Community Health from the School of Hygiene Eleyele Ibadan, Nigeria. Currently with the Babcock University Teaching Hospital, she provides special insights into topical issues as they affect various stakeholders in the health sector with special emphasis on day-to-day operations of the various units in the hospital. She has vast experience reporting health and continues to cover major events for HealthNewsNG.com

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