By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
Experts involved in humanitarian activities in the country have expressed worry over 2018 health budget proposal by the Executives.
The experts who spoke at the weekend during the meeting of the Coalition for Maternal and Newborn Child and Adolescent Accountability in Nigeria (C4MAN) and analysis of the 2018 budget proposal, told Peoples Daily that the issues of Primary Health Care (PHC), maternal health, not paid due attention in the budget will have coming effect on the country’s health system.
“We need effective planning for our health system so as to also plan for the future. We also need to budget for the critical aspects of maternal care that need attention. We don’t need to plan for more buildings but to maintain the ones we have and take care of the personnel including drugs. These are the major things we need”,
MamaYe Evidence 4 Action, Country Director, Tunde segun said.
He added that, “with the population rate in the country, experts told us that we are likely to double our population in the next few decades and the size of the country is not increasing, economy not doing well.
If we cannot plan for our future and ensure family planning, proper access to Medicare then there is serious concern”.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Coalition for Maternal Newborn Child and Accountability in Nigeria Dr. Ejike Oji, expressed worry that the National health act was not funded.