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Increase health budget to 15%, medical consultants urge FG

The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to increase the budget for health sector from five per cent to at least 15%.

The demannd was made by the president of the association, Mohammad Mohammad, while fielding questions from journalists after a communique was issued at the end of the National Executive Council meeting in Uyo on Sunday.

Mohammad said the association expressed concern that the country’s health budget was still far from the Abuja declaration, which prescribed at least 15 per cent budgetary allocation to the sector, according to Peoples Gazette.

He called on the government at all levels to improve their budgetary allocations to the sector to meet with the Abuja declaration.

The association’s president also urged governments to implement strategies to improve the economy and the per capita spending on health.

He reiterated that the health sector is becoming more expensive, hence there is need for the government to increase its budget.

“Government at all levels should endeavour to improve its budgetary allocation to the health sector towards attaining the Abuja Declaration of at least 15 per cent.

“Consequently, the government should put strategies in place to improve the economy of the nation in order to improve the per capita spending on the health of the population,” he said.

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