The Nigerian health sector is currently facing significant challenges which include, among others, an uncompleted agenda on the containment of infectious diseases, as well as the rapid and on-going emergence of non-communicable diseases.
Life expectancy at birth in Nigeria stands at 46.8 years for men and 48.4 years for women, while there is a dire shortage of health workers, as a result of economic and social brain drain. It has been estimated that there are only 27 Physicians per 100,000 people in Nigeria.
These multifaceted challenges are compounded by arisen from poor economic policies and socio-political factors in the country’s history. a limited institutional capacity to provide efficient responses at a population level. Lack of commitment on the part of the government, especially during Military rule, has worsened the fragile sector.
According to the UNDP report (2004), both public and private expenditure as a percentage of GDP is 0.8% and 2.6% respectively. Successive governments have on many occasions set out their commitment to this sector, but unfortunately, this rhetoric is not met with tangible and enduring actions, particularly in the area of health system financing.
There is a window of opportunity available for initiatives aimed at enhancing the emergence of an integrative approach to public health problems in Nigeria, taking into account the social, cultural and economic determinants of health and also structuring the health system as an efficient channel for health services delivery.
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