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Increase Budgetary Allocation To Health Sector – CSJ

Stakeholders in the Health sector have been called upon to increase budgetary allocation for effective healthcare delivery in the country.

The Lead Director, Centre for social Justice Mr. Eze Onyekpere made the call in Abuja at a civil society summit to deliberate on twenty twenty three national health budget proposal.

The Summit, aimed at analysing the executive health budget presented to the legislature was to address lapses observed and propose workable suggestions to reduce illegal expenditure in next year’s health budget.

Mr. Eze Onyekpere said money budgeted for health without specification should be channeled into funding, primary health care delivery, nutrition, family planning and vulnerable group funds.

Mr. Onyekpere further stressed the need for government to work towards the implementations of various commendable health policies to meet present day reality.

According to him, out of a total capital vote of N404,075,205,746, the sum of N319,667,639,056 is reserved and programmed for the Ministry’s headquarters. This is over-centralisation of resources at the headquarters. Resources should be managed at the centres and agencies where the core activities will be implemented and not simply targeting a centralised procurement system.”

Also speaking at the occasion, the Advocacy and Engagement Advisor for the United States Agency for International Development USAID, Mr. Illiya Yohanna expressed optimism that advocacy would influence states and actors to set priority for health care centres and delivery in the country.

Other stakeholders at the occasion pledged commitment to ensure the outcome of the programme have positive impact on the nation’s health care system that will translate to effective human capital in the nation’s economy dispensation.

By Florence Adewale,Edited by Grace Namiji

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