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FG Budgets ₦2,178 For Each Citizen’s Healthcare In 2022

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Minister Of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire
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FG Budgets ₦2,178 For Each Citizen’s Healthcare In 2022

Despite the importance of the health sector, LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that the Federal Ministry of Health received the sum of Over N1.385.36trillion in the last three years (2019 to 2021).

A breakdown of the budget in the past three years (2019-2021) shows that N6,534 was budgeted for each citizen, indicating N2,178 per citizen in a year, based on the 2021 proposed population of the country.

Only four to five percent of the country’s total budget is allocated to health annually, against the Abuja Declaration of 15 percent budget allocation to health in 2001.

In 2001, heads of state of African Union (AU) countries met in Abuja and committed to prioritise the health sector by allocating at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to the sector.

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FG Budgets ₦2,178 For Each Citizen’s Healthcare In 2022

Now 20 years after this commitment, which Nigeria was part of, countries like Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Swaziland, Togo and the Central African Republic have since met this target.

Nigeria has not even been able to allocate half of the expected 15 per cent in these 20 years.

LEADERSHIP gathered that recurrent expenditure got about N1.93trillion while capital expenditure got N240bn in the years in question.

In 2019, for instance, of the total budget of N8.9 trillion, as contained in the Budget Office of the Federation document, the sum of N423.92 billion, representing 4.75 per cent of the budget, was allocated to health.

In 2021, of the total budget of N13.82 trillion, the sum of N546.98billion, or 4.18 per cent of the budget, was allocated to health: N380.21billion went to recurrent expenditure and N35.03billion to BHCPF, bringing the total recurrent expenditure to N415.24billion, while N131.74 billion was meant for capital expenditure.

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This indicates that a large percentage of the health budget goes to salaries, pensions and overheads while only a fraction is allocated to investment in healthcare facilities, equipment and other infrastructure.

Experts in the health sector have blamed low budgetary allocation for the deplorable state of the country’s health sector. They, however, linked corruption and poor utilisation of the little money provided as major challenges.

“It is true that the budgetary allocation is very low. It’s a shame, but the truth is that even the utilisation, the proper application and judicious utilisation of the little provided, is a huge problem. That is what people call corruption, but I don’t call it corruption, I call it stealing.”

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Also, a reproductive health expert, Dr. Ejike Orji, identified corruption and lack of accountability as another challenge confronting the sector, saying even the little that is allocated is diverted.

According to him, a research by Bill and Melinda Gates on public health financing showed that out of every N100 that was meant for the health sector, only 40 per cent was spent while 60 per cent was stolen.

“ people are dying unnecessary in the country. ““People are dying on a daily basis. In the past week I have counted people who have died who on a good day wouldn’t have died, and the reason is that the healthcare response to their needs was very poor.

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New Covid Variant: UK restrict travel from 6 African Nations

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Britain on Thursday said it would ban travel from six southern African countries, after South Africa detected a new Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations.
“The early indication we have of this variant is it may be more transmissible than the Delta variant and the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective against it,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid said.

Javid said the new variant, which South Africa attributed to a surge in cases and had also been detected in travellers from the country in Botswana and Hong Kong, had not been found so far in Britain.

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But he said British scientists were “deeply concerned” and as a precaution a decision had been to suspend all flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana from 1200 GMT on Friday.

“We will be requiring anyone that arrives from those countries from 4:00 am on Sunday to quarantine in hotels,” he added.

New Covid Variant: UK restrict travel from 6 African Nations

“If anyone arrives before then they should self-isolate at home and take a PCR test on day two and day eight.

“And if anyone has arrived from any of those countries over the last 10 days, we would ask them to take PCR tests.”

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Britain has been among the hardest hit by Covid-19, with some 144,000 deaths since the start of the outbreak early last year.

Positive cases remain stubbornly high — more than 47,000 were recorded in a 24-hour period to Thursday — but more than 80 per cent of people aged 12 and over have been double-jabbed with a vaccine.

Nearly 29 per cent have received a third booster dose, as part of a government drive to ease pressure on hard-pressed health services during the winter months, when other seasonal respiratory infections are high.

Britain’s government was widely criticised for its travel and quarantine policy earlier in the pandemic, when it kept its borders open to foreign travellers even as infection rates spiralled.

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SIZA Foundation Urges NDLEA To Act Against MkpuruMmiri Addiction In SouthEast

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As the issue of drug addiction continues to pose a challenge among the youth population, the Founder/President SIZA Foundation, a non-governmental organisation dedication for anti-drug advocacy, Ms Emmanuella Adaeze Ezissi has described the menace of ‘Mkpuru mmiri’ in the South-East as a scourge, calling on relevant authorities to arrest the menace.

Describing it further as a social disaster, Ms Ezissi stressed that the permeating culture of substance abuse has increased the level of social vices among the youthful population.

Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, popularly known as ‘Mkpuru Mmiri’ in Igbo land or crystal meth, comes in clear crystal chunks or shiny blue-white rocks. Also called Ice or glass on the streets.

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The advocate in a press parley on Monday said even though no social group or status is totally immuned from the menace noted that it is commonly seen among unemployed youths.

This she said is not unconnected with efforts to induce euphoria as a means of temporarily escaping life challenges staring at them.

She therefore called on the relevant government agencies, especially the reinvigorated National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA under the leadership of Buba Marwa to spread its investigative network around the South East region, particularly Anambra said identified as hotbed of the ‘Mkpuru mmiri’ menace.

SIZA Foundation Urges NDLEA To Act Against MkpuruMmiri Addiction In SouthEast

“First NDLEA must scatter their investigative unit across the 326 wards in the state (Anambra) to discover those who responsibile for distributing this hallucinating agent to our youths” she advised.

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She further advocated that identified drug victims should be sent to rehabilitation centres before being reintegrated into the larger society.

According to Ms Ezissi, there is need to raise the tempo of awareness campaign especially at the grass root level to orientate the youths of the health and social implications of consuming the psychoactive substance

She further called for a stiffer legislative framework that will disincentivise the use of drugs as a robust measure to curb crime and criminality in the society.

During the official unveiling of SIZA Foundation recently in Abuja, Ms Ezissi also launched her book titled, “Combating Drug Abuse Among the Youth, Its Impact On National Security, Crime Reduction and Peace Election”

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It attracted stakeholders from NDLEA, NAPTIP and others.

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Group Identifies Challenges in Bauchi State Healthcare Service Delivery

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Bashir Hassan Abubakar

The Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (BaSAM) have articulated it’s December 2021 priorities areas to focus on and also reviewed it’s November activities.

A press statement signed and issued by the public relations officer of BaSAM, Bashir Hassan Abubakar and made available to newsmen said that part of the areas BaSAM would focus on in their December 2021 activities will mainly centered around advocacy visit to the ministry of finance and office of the state accountant general to fast track funds releases while presenting evidence generated from the recently concluded State Basic Health Care Provident Fund (BHCPF) scorecard.

The statement said that the scorecard development and activity review was to ensure that no one is left behind in accessing health care services in Bauchi State, irrespective of economic or social status.

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In a presentation during the scorecard development meeting on the current status of BSHCMA by the agency’s Executive Secretary , Dr. Mansur Dada, BaSAM discovered some major advocacy issues that needs to be embarked upon by the Coalition.

Part of the key advocacy issue identified is the ongoing impasse between the State Government and organized labour (NLC/TUC) over objections for salary deduction to be remitted to the BHCPF due to what the organised labour termed as “non-compliance of the state government to effect N30,000 minimum wage”..

Group Identifies Challenges in Bauchi State Healthcare Service Delivery

The statement also disclosed the inability of the Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Agency (BASOVCA) to remit the one percent of it’s revenue to qualify them into the BHCPF program due to a policy related issues that established the agency.

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It was also agreed during the BHCPF scorecard development meeting on the need to reach out to the private sector and philanthropic individuals to get involved and adopt vulnerable and poorest of the poor into the health contributory scheme.

Another key advocacy issue identified during the meeting was the inadequate running cost and utility vehicles for the implementation of BASHCMA activities, which is affecting effective monitoring of health facilities across the State.

The statement quoted BaSAM Co-Chair, Mr Abu John Yusuf as saying, “there is enough to keep us busy from now to second quarter of next year. We are not going to be over ambitious with our December priorities because of the yuletide season , but the few we have identified, we will follow it to the letter”.

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“The proposed NYSC MNCH-CDS group initiative being championed by BaSAM is another priority area that will remain constant in our agenda. It is going to be part of our key advocacy activity”.

“Though BaSAM have identified other areas of interests towards improved MNCH in Bauchi State, some of the challenges militating against implementation of our activities is the slow phase of approval of budgets to carry out our activities”, Yusuf said.

Our correspondent reports that the BHCPF scorecard development is the first in the series of other healthcare scorecards and it attracted inputs from the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency, BaSAM members and other relevant MDAs.

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