FG Declares State Of Emergency In Nigeria’s Health Sector

The Nigerian Federal Government has announced a state of emergency in the nation’s health sector, drawing attention as stakeholders convene in Ekiti State for the 64th National Council on Health. This gathering aims to discuss critical issues within the sector.

During the opening ceremony, the focus was set on establishing resilience and an inclusive healthcare system for a healthier Nigeria. Dr. Muhammed Ali Pate, the Coordinating Minister for Health and Social Welfare, emphasized the dire condition of the country’s health facilities, stressing the urgent need for intervention. Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State expressed enthusiasm in hosting the council meeting, highlighting the state’s significant achievements in the health sector.

Recently, the House of Representatives urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the sector and allocate substantial resources in the 2024 budget.

This call was prompted by concerns raised over personnel shortages, inadequate medical equipment, drugs, and qualified healthcare professionals, resulting in increased fatalities in the nation’s health facilities.


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