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HEALTH in Mr Presidents budget

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The 2009 Budget as presented by Mr President to the National Assembly 2nd of December.

The full text can be read here:

Health was mentioned in a few places….find a summary below.

….The 2009 Federal Budget is to deliver on our promises to reduce poverty and attain our Millennium Development Goals.

…By investing in human capital development through education and healthcare delivery, we can create a better future for the next generation.

…Health to get N39.6billion (~$214M) out of the N796.7 billion for Capital Expenditure (~5% of capital budget)…

…This includes….N6.5billion on the sector’s response to HIV/AIDS, N3billion on Midwifery Services Scheme, N7.7billion on maternal and children’s health, and N6billion on polio eradication;

…The Ministry of Health is completing the modernisation of the Teaching Hospitals in Calabar, Awka and Ife ; completing the modernisation of 7 Specialist Hospitals in Kaduna , Lagos , Kano , Calabar, Enugu , Maiduguri and Abeokuta ; and scaling up investment in its polio eradication programme.

The one disapointing aspect of the allocations to health was the lack of targets for the Ministry to deliver.

For whatever they are worth …these appeared in other sectors as:

the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources will increase land under cultivation by 5%…

this Administration can deliver 6000 MW of power by the end of 2009.

…complete the construction and rehabilitation of 3,293km length of roads.

even the NIGERIAN POLICE have a target to reduce crime by 40% in 7 cities over the next year!!! (dont ask me how this will be measured …or who will be doing the measuring…the police ??? :))

For the health sector….nothing…just spend!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

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