Leaders need to make a much bigger financial commitment, focused most of all on improving primary health systems.
By Johnson Atoukudu:
Bill Gates, the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, expressed his concern over the fact that only $10 is allocated per person per year in Nigeria.
He emphasized the need for the federal and state governments to enhance their healthcare budgets during his address at the Youth Innovation Forum in Lagos. Gates emphasized that without access to fundamental necessities of life, Nigerians cannot fully realize their potential.
“It may not surprise you that Nigeria’s state and federal governments only spend the equivalent of $10 per person on health each year, compared to $31 in sub-Saharan Africa as a whole. Leaders need to make a much bigger financial commitment, focused most of all on improving primary health systems.
“Making sure clinics are well-staffed and supplied, making sure children get the vaccines they need-all of this is absolutely essential to improving health and opportunity and unlocking all of Nigeria’s potential,” he said.
Recognizing the immense potential of new technologies, the renowned business tycoon and philanthropist expressed his confidence in Nigerian youths to bring about positive change within the nation and beyond. However, he urged the government and other relevant stakeholders to prioritize equal access to opportunities and innovations.
He emphasized that there is a significant disparity between urban and rural areas, with urban residents being twice as likely to engage in digital payments.