Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions and Chief Medical Directors, CMDs of Teaching Hospitals have called for increased funding in the annual budgets of Government for Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres in the country.
The lawmakers and some Medical Doctors made the call at the 2021 budget defense session of the House Committee with CMDs of all Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centers in all the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
The Lawmakers lamented that annual budgets of health institutions in the country is very poor to tackle the myriad of challenges in the critical sector adding that it is necessary for these institutions to tackle these challenges.
On his own part, Chairman of the Association of Chief Medical Directors of of Nigeria Dr.Jafaru Momoh complained that poor funding of health institutions hampers their operations.
He explained that on annual basis a Teaching Hospital and any other similar tertiary health institutions in Nigeria spend approximately N35 to N40 billion annually on power consumption.
He implored the committee to help source funds for the replacement of obsolete Health Equipment in all the hospitals across the country.
The Committee called on the Executive to increase the funding of all tertiary health institutions in the six geo-political zones to help the Country’s Health Sector.
Editor Paul Akhagbemhe