FG’s allocation to health sector too poor, says Emeka Anyaoku

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A former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and others saddled with health care delivery services to give improved funding to the sector.

He decried the brain drain in the health sector, blaming various tiers of government for the lapse.

The former Commonwealth top official said over 4,765 Nigerian doctors were working in the United Kingdom, adding that this constituted 1.7 per cent of the UK’s medical workforce.

Anyaoku stated this during the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the Iyi-Enu Mission Hospital and the inauguration of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Ogidi, Anambra State.

He decried the general decline of institutions in the country, especially in the health sector.

He said, “… today, it is lamentable that despite the Federal Government’s endorsement of the World Health Organisation recommendation that 13 per cent of the national budget should be allocated to the health sector, as well as the African Union’s Abuja declaration in 2001 that 15 per cent of the national budget should be allocated to the health sector, only a paltry sum of between about 3.4 per cent and 5.6 per cent are allocated.” He said because of the ridiculously low budgetary allocation to the health sector over the years, the country had ill-equipped hospitals that had very low-grade facilities.