By Victoria Ojeme
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria under the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) Project in Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to increase the Health sector budget in 2017.
In a statement, the Project said adequate allocations should be earmarked for the Health Sector in the 2017 National and State Budgets.
According to the statement, “Nigerians will now have more money to buy essential sanitation aids such as soap that will be used for proper handwashing.
The statement noted that people tend to live healthy and practice good sanitary habits such as regular handwashing when they are more financially stable and that the economic stability of Nigerians is directly linked to their health status.
“Finance is tied to productivity. Every single kobo spent on Health by the Government frees more funds (due to the reduced citizens’ out-of-pocket health spending) for the Nigerians to spend on living healthy.
“Increased allocation for the health sector by the Government is a sure-way of encouraging habitual healthy practice such as regular and proper handwashing by the citizens.
“Investment in Health has a multiplier effect on the economic status of the public especially now with the dwindling scarce resources.
Urging the Federal and State Government of Nigeria to place high premium on the health sector, it said such move is a viable avenue to revive the economy.
The Project also said in order that Nigeria would sustain and expand the various gains recorded in the Health Sector over the years, the National Health Act signed into law in 2014 should be implemented.
It argued that Article 11 of the NHAct recommends that not less than one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government should be set aside as the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).