By Francisca Ukazu
Experts have decried the alarming rate of HIV infection in Nigerian children, stating more than 41,000 of them have the deadly virus. It is said that the situation could get worse if government continues to stifle the health sector of necessary funding. Theresa Iffa Kaka, country representative, Champions for Change, and Edwin Ikhuoria, country lead director of One Campaign, respectively, in a joint statement, said that ‘more than 41,000 children become newly infected by HIV and it’s more than any other country in the world,
The experts added that Nigeria’s health indicators post far grimmer picture with over
2 million displaced people, among them women and children. The statement urges the federal government to ensure that one per cent statutory allocation from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to the health sector be fulfilled to the letter, The funding is a mandatory contribution as stipulated in the National Health Act.
The said one per cent, as stated in ” Article 11 of the NHAct”, is distributed as follows: “50 percent for Basic Minimum Health Package, NHIS,20 percent for Essential Drugs and Vaccines, NPHCDA,15 percent for Laboratory Equipment and Transport, NPHCDA, 10 percent for Human Resources for Primary Health Care,NPHCDA, 5 percent, Emergency Medical treatment, FMoH.
It is also stated that 45 per cent of the one per cent statutory contribution is to be fund states’ primary health care system for efficient service delivery.