The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has said that the federal government has released N42.5m ($1.5m) for the thirty six states and the Federal capital Territory (FCT) to share for the financing of primary healthcare system.
The minister revealed this information on Monday at the presentation of the National Healthcare Plan to officials of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Abuja.
Professor Adewole lamented the neglect of the primary healthcare system in the country as he disclosed that only 20% of Nigeria’s 30,000 primary healthcare facilities were working.
Also speaking at the presentation, Amina Shamaki, The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health enjoined the government to encourage healthcare practitioners to stay in communities where primary healthcare facilities are situated as she also appealed for the financial and technical support of the World Health Organization.
However, Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca, the Regional Director of WHO for Africa, has assured the government of the organization’s unwavering support.