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National Assembly sets to ensure Primary Healthcare Funding in 2018 – Senate President

Nigeria's Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki
Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, stated that the Senate would work to ensure that there is adequate funding for primary healthcare across the country in 2018. He said that this would be in-line with the provisions of the National Primary Healthcare Act.

Speaking during the consideration of a Motion raised by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi on the declaration of a state of emergency in the Public Health Sector, Saraki said that the funding of the sector — in accordance with the existing law — would be the best way to solve the infrastructural decay in Nigeria’s healthcare system.

Following the Senate President’s comments, the Senate moved to insert an additional clause to the Motion urging the entire National Assembly to ensure the adequate funding for healthcare across the nation, in-line with the provisions of the National Primary Healthcare Act in the 2018 budget.

“I hope that as we are doing the 2018 budget, we will take note of this,” said the Senate President.

Credit: Olu W. Onemola

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