Outbreaks are equitably distributed in Nigeria- NCDC

Gloria Essien, Abuja

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The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control says all parts of Nigeria have equitable disease outbreak.

 

The Director General of the Centre, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu made the disclosure at the ongoing Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage, in Abuja

 

He said that the NCDC is working hard to curb the spread as much as possible, as all states in Nigeria are battling one disease or the other.

 

Dr Ihekweazu however lamented that limited funding of critical projects and interventions, human resources and poor human behaviour are affecting the efforts of the NCDC.

 

Similarly, the National Coordinator of the National Malaria Elimination Programme, Audu Bala, says over the years, Nigeria malaria interventions have been mainly donor based.

 

He said that with the withdrawal of most doors from Nigeria, there is fear of escalation of malaria in Nigeria.

 

“There’s donor fatigue in Nigeria as most donors have withdrew their support. We need increased domestic funding through improved appropriation to malaria”, Bala said.

 

He appealed to the National Assembly to assist in increased budget allocation to the malaria elimination programme.

 

On his part, the Chairman Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare Senator Chuka Utazi, said that there is need to move Universal Health Coverage to states.

 

He added that achieving UHC would be easier and faster if state legislators put in more work.

 

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