According to One Campaign, an international organisation, 2000 children and 158 women die every day in Nigeria due to poor access to basic healthcare.
According to the Non Governmental Organization, 750,000 children die every year in Nigeria before they were five years old because of pneumonia, cholera, malaria and other preventable disease.
The Nigeria Country Representative of One Campaign, Edwin Ikhuoria, said the National Health Act could “save the lives of over 3 million mothers, newborns and children under-five years by 2022 if fully implemented by allocating 15 per cent of the nation’s budget to the health sector.”
“This year N250bn was allocated to the Ministry of Health and its agencies. Today, we are in August, the question is, apart from salaries, how much has been released for capital projects and things like vaccines?
So unless transparent investments are made in the health sector, we cannot achieve results.